The name “Chicago” came from the word Shikaakwa (“Stinky Onion”). On August 12, 1833 the Town of Chicago incorporated. The State of Illinois gave Chicago a City Charter on March 4, 1837. Chicago is part of Cook County. The 1833 population of 350 people ballooned to over 4,000 people by 1840. The population today is just over 2 million. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for 2 days and killed 300 people. There are various theories as to how the fire was started. One myth was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over an oil lamp and ignited the straw in the barn. Others include meteorites or even another person. In 1956 the Chicago Fire Academy was built on the site of the burned down barn. A few common nicknames for Chicago are The Great Chicago Fire, Chi-Town and The Windy City. Come VisitChicago.
There is so much to do while in Chicago. You can visit The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Observation Deck(formerly known as Hancock Observatory and Tower), The Willis Tower(still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower), The Sky Deck, Chicago Blues Festival, Museum of Science, Millennium Park, The Lincoln Park Zoo.
Chicago area neighborhoods include: Albany Park, Andersonville, Avondale, Beverly, Boystown, Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Chinatown, Edgewater, Gold Coast, Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Kenwood, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Little Italy & University Village, Little Village, Logan Square, Loop, Magnificent Mile, North Center, North Park, Old Town, Pilsen, Portage Park, Pullman, River North, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village, South Loop, South Shore, Streeterville, Uptown, West Loop, West Ridge, West Town. Wicker Park / Bucktown, Wrigleyville.
Chicago area Universities include
University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University and Chicago State.
Professional Sports Teams include
Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball, Chicago Cougars and the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field.
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