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U.S.A. facts & history in brief        U.S.A. Map

Chicago, Illinois, on the shore of Lake Michigan, third-largest city of the USA.
Also known as the 'Windy City', and the home of the skyscrapers.
The Potawatomi Indians lived near the Chicago River, (They called it Checagou) in the 1600's, at the arrival of the first white people.
The area was settled by American Indians for more than 5,000 years.
Chicago begin life as a trading post first then a military fort.
In 1834 the U.S. government made the Potawatomi Indians to move for a small amount of money and territory of reservations in Kansas.
Chicago experienced major development after the Indians' departure and when it was chosen as the terminal site of the Illinois and Michigan canal.
In 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city.
In 1871 a major fire raged for over 24 hours, killing more than 300 people and left over 90,000 homeless.
Chicago rose from the ashes to became one of the world's great cities.
Lawlessness, crime and creativity went in hand in hand in the city during the "Roaring Twenties".
The city's industries also prospered, and people spent wildly.
In 1920, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. (Prohibition)
Gangsters in Chicago took over the illegal distribution of liquor (Bootlegging).
Several gangs fought for control of bootlegging, gambling, and other illegal activities.
In the 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre four gangsters, dressed as policemen, shot seven rival gang members.
Generally Chicago experienced continued development right through the 1900s.
The city is a major Great Lakes port and has the busiest airport in the world.
The 443 meters high Sears Tower, built in 1974, is maybe the tallest inhabited building in the world and the Union States Post Office is the largest in the world under one roof.
Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, has a beautiful lakefront.
Since the late 1800's, Chicago was a leader in new styles and construction techniques in the US.
Many designers and engineers from around the world visit Chicago to study its spectacular buildings.
The city extends about 40 kilometres along the southwest shore of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois, covering about 591 square kilometres, 181 metres above sea level.
Chicago's booming economy attracted many different races over the years.
African-American are the largest group with German, Hispanic, Irish, and Polish groups following.
Most of the old European ethnic communities have faded away, leaving a rich heritage of numerous ethnic restaurants, food stores, and gift shops, beautiful churches and blocks of homes built by the earlier European immigrants.
The Chicago area is the nation's leading transportation and manufacturing centre, with more than 14000 industrial plants in the metropolitan area, employing about 28 per cent of the work force, manufacturing, food products, electrical equipment, machinery, chemicals, iron and steel.
River barges and oceangoing ships use Chicago's busy port, which is connected with the Mississippi River system.
Chicago and the surrounding area is one of the nation's chief industrial research centre.
In 1942, the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi produced the world's first nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago.

The population of the city around 3 million and the metropolitan area about 7 million.

Hui Chin and I've enjoyed our stay and sightseeing around the town.
I have been here before in 1996, so Chicago wasn't exactly something new for me.
The whether wasn't very friendly to us.
In the end Chicago appeared as another city we could tick off our list.

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