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The Wonders of Chicago

Chicago, the Windy City, is the largest city in Illinois and the Midwest, and the third largest in the United States. It sits next to Lake Michigan and the metro area encompasses 3 states with a population of more than 9.5 million people. Chicago offers breathtaking architecture and amazing museums, most notably the Museum of Natural History.  Chicago is ranked fifth "Most Fun U.S City" in a survey in 2003 by Cranium Inc. Factors considered in the ranking include: number of sports teams, restaurants, dance performances, toy stores, the portion of a city's budget spent on recreation, and other factors.  After the great fire of 1871, where a third of the city burned, Chicago rebuilt, which led to the largest building boom this country had ever seen.  While over one-third of the people live along the waterfront, many visitors and residents enjoy the nightlife, walks, parks and scenery along it.

The city boasts many ethnic restaurants including Mexican, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian/Pakistani. The cuisine reflects the  many diverse nationalities based on the working class roots of the citizens that have occupied the city. Chicago boasts about its deep dish pizza as well as the original thin crust that it is famous for.  The Taste of Chicago, the largest food festival in the world runs from the end of June through July 4th weekend and is the end of the grand tour of the city's cuisine.  It has evolved into one the world's best restaurant cities.

The city has many theatres including modern improvisational, Broadway-style and historical stories.  It also has a wide range of musical venues; with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra being one of the finest in the world.  Also included are jazz, blues, gospel, soul and has been a rave center since the 1980's. It is home to the Joffrey ballet and has the Chicago Festival ballet; which offer many concerts.
Two of the finest zoos in America are located in the area and are highly recommended. One, on the north side is Lincoln Park Zoo, which is a free zoo open every day of the year. While one of the oldest zoos in the country, it is also one of the most modern. Brookfield Zoo, in Brookfield, just west of Chicago, is sits on 216 acres of majestically landscaped grounds, showcasing over 2,000 animals.

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 In 2006, Chicago attracted more than 44 million visitors from around the  world.  High end  shopping, a multitude of restaurants, and impressive architecture lure people from everywhere and every age.  Chicago is the nation's third largest convention destination.  The Chicago Cultural Center was once the library, but now houses galleries, and exhibit halls.  One is the Preston Bradley Hall that houses a 38 foot Tiffany glass dome.  In 1998, Chicago opened the Museum Campus that includes a 10 acre site with 3 magnificent museums; the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium, which is home to the world's largest indoor aquarium with over 8000 aquatic animals from over 700 species. 

In 1837, when the city incorporated, the motto "Urbs in Horto", a Latin phrase translated into "City in a Garden"was decided upon because of the many parks in the Chicago area.  The Chicago Park District consisting of 552 parks on over 7,300 acres, has 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, 33 sand beaches along Lake Michigan, nine world-class museums, two conservatories, and Lincoln Park, the largest, has over 20 million visitors each year. The district is the nation's largest municipal harbor system because of the nine lakefront harbors located within a few of the parks along the lakefront. Besides the continuing beautification and renewal projects, new parks have been added in recent years.

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Things to do in Chicago Illinois

With all the museums, restaurants and parks every visitor is beset with too many choices.  And don't forget the sports available in the city.  In 1993 and again in 2006, Chicago was named the best sports city in America.  It has 2 great baseball teams; the Cubs and the White Sox.  It is the only city that has had 2 ball teams since the league's beginning in 1900. 

One of the only two remaining charter members of the NFL, the Chicago Bears, play their home games on Chicago's lakefront and have won thirteen NFL championships.

The Chicago Bulls is the most well-known basketball team in the world, due largely to the fantastic playing ability of Michael Jordan. The team won six NBA championships in eight seasons during the 90s, thanks to the great play of him and unfortunately he was not playing when they lost the two.  The Chicago Blackhawks of the national hockey league , began in 1926, won three Stanley Cups and hosted the 2008-2009 Winter Classic.

Navy Pier, beside Lake Michigan, has long been a Chicago landmark, it  includes excellent recreational and exhibition facilities, as well as specialty restaurants and shops.  The yearly Chicago Air and Water show is the biggest free show of its kind in the country, and happens at the end of the summer.