01 May, 2009

Tourist Spot for Visitors of Chicago


The largest city in Illinois, with a population of 2.8 million people, Chicago is the third largest city in America. “Chicagoland’ next to lake Michigan encompasses three counties and has a population of almost 10 million.

Founded in 1833 by a nearby port located between the Mississippi river and the great lakes, the city was incorporated in 1837. Its location made for a perfect telecommunications and transportation center. In the present day, the second largest airport in the world, O’Hare International is located there. Besides being a telecommunications and transportation hub, it is also a major business, industrial and political center. It is the home of the first African American president of American, Barack Obama.

A major tourist site, it business, commerce and many city attractions bring more then4 0 million visitors to the city each year. Chicago hosted many local, national, regional and international events in the world of sports, entertainment, politics, culture and commerce. It is currently on the short-list of cities to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Known by its many nicknames, “Chi-Town,” ‘Windy City,’ and the “city of big shoulders,” it was originally inhabited by the Potawatomis, a Native American Tribe. Founded by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who married a local Potwatomi girl, as a trading post, fort Dearborn was built there in 1803 by the United States Government. Its name comes from the shikaakwa or ‘wild leak’.

The city was partially destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but was rapidly rebuilt. The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago shortly after the fire. Host to the 1893 World Fair and famous for the 1920’s era gangsters, the city has a rich history.

The Windy City is a popular tourist stop for many people seeking to enjoy the cities vast history and many cultural attractions. The center of transportation, politics and many other industries makes this city one of America’s most popular.


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