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Did You Know These About Chicago

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This lively City of Chicago has an estimated population of over 2.7 million and famous for its historic land marks, like the Willis tower, Navy Pier or the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Beyond its luxurious lifestyle, mind-blowing attractions, pleasant weather, there are some Chicago facts that are still unknown. Did you know that spray paint was invented in Chicago in 1949 or Chicago is a home to more than 200 theaters? Trace some interesting facts about this beautiful city.

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Chicago Geographic and Demographic Facts

  • Chicago covers 237 square miles of land.
  • Chicago has an estimated population of 2,695,598 residents.
  • Chicago is the 3rd most populous city in the United States.
  • Chicago is also the 3rd largest city in the United States.
  • The city has 26 miles of lakefront.

  • The city is also the home to 15 miles of bathing beaches and 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths.

  • 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths

  • Chicago is also home to 552 parks.

Chicago Historic Facts

  • Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was elected as the first female African-American U.S. senator of the country in the year 1992.

  • Chicago was incorporated as a city in the year 1837.

  • Chicago Police Department formed in the year 1855.

  • The Great Fire took places in the year 1871.

  • The Home Insurance Company, the first skyscraper of the world was built in 1885.

Interesting and Fun Facts about Chicago

  • The downtown area of Chicago is called "The Loop".

  • Chicago boasts in having eleven Fortune 500 companies.

  • The only river in the world that flows backward is the Chicago River.

  • The Lincoln Park Zoo is the among the only three free zoos in America.

  • Chicago’s Art Institute is a home to the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

  • Chicago also hosts the world’s largest free outdoor food festival, the Taste of Chicago.

  • The zipper was invented in Chicago in the year 1851.

  • The Ferris wheel was also invented in Chicago in the year 1893.

  • Chicago also invented the deep-dish pizza.

  • Four neighboring states - Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan are visible from the top of Wills Tower.

  • The term "Jazz" was invented in Chicago in the year 1914.

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