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Chicago


Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, and 3rd largest in the United States over all. As of the 2000 census, the city iself had a population of 2,896,016. Additionally, when combined with its suburbs and the nine surrounding counties in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, the metropolitan area (known as "Chicagoland") has a population of almost 10 million.

Chicago, Illinois

The city has a highly diversified economy, including financial services, manufacturing, printing and publishing. Chicago is home to the nation's 2nd largest business district (after New York City), and the 3rd largest media market (after Los Angeles and New York City), and four major financial and futures exchanges.

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Chicago is a popular tourist destination, attracting well over 30 million visitors each year. Some of the attractions in Chicago include:

Chicago Facts


Here is some more information about Chicago:
  • Airports serving Chicago include Chicago Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Chicago is the University of Chicago. The University of Chicago is a private university that was originally founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1890, and held its first classes in 1892.

  • Professional sports franchises in Chicago include the American football team, the Chicago Bears, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, the Major League Baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, the NBA basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, and the NHL ice hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Some of the major companies headquartered in Chicago include Boeing, Exelon and Sara Lee.

  • Chicago is home to a unique style of pizza, known simply as Chicago-style pizza. Chicago-style pizza is very a deep dish pizza, more like a casserole or lasagna than traditional thin crust pizza, and which was probably invented at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943. Additionally, there also another style of pizza that is unique to the city, sometimes known as "flat pizza" which has a crunchy texture and is usually cut into squares (known as "party cut").

    Flat Pizza


  • Chicago's nicknames include "Chi-Town", "City in a Garden", "The City of the Big Shoulders", "The City That Works", "The Second City", and "The Windy City".

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Books About Chicago


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Fodor's Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2019-01-22
Paperback (304 pages)

Fodor s Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Chicago is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Chicago travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, Fodor's Chicago gets straight to the best of what the "Second City" has to offer, everything from art and architecture to shopping, baseball, jazz, and the very best deep-dish pizza. Our in-depth coverage also includes the best of Chicago's culturally and historically rich suburbs, including Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park home studio, the Mallott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Brookfield Zoo.

Fodor’s Chicago includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated, including fresh reviews of the best new eateries and lodgings in Chicago's many exciting neighborhoods.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Chicago to inspire you.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND DETAILED MAPS: A handy PULLOUT map will help you navigate on the go. Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features invite you to experience the best of Chicago, from what to eat and drink to which tours take. An in-depth illustrated feature on the Art Institute of Chicago helps you make the most of a visit to this magnificent museum; a history of the skyscraper explores the city's iconic architecture. Other features focus on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright and blues music.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Walking tours help you plan and make the most of your time to explore Chicago's best public art and iconic architectural highlights. A useful itinerary helps you plan three days in the windy city. Includes suggestions on what to see, where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Convenient overviews show each neighborhood and its highlights, as well as tips for planning your time and getting around by car, bus, and train. Mapped walks, top tour recommendations, and our curated list of free things to do make planning a breeze.
    •SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE: Information for experiencing the Chicago Air and Water Show , the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and the Taste of Chicago, to name just a few.
    •COVERS: The Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Wrigley Field, Navy Pier, the Loop, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Planning on visiting other great U. S. cities? Check out Fodor’s Washington D.C., Fodor's New Orleans, and Fodor’s New York.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Chicago (Pocket Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2019-03-19
Paperback (128 pages)

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Chicago (Pocket Travel Guide)
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Dozens of Top 10 lists - from Chicago's Top 10 skyscapers to the Top 10 places to eat, the best ethnic neighborhoods, jazz and blues joints, museums and events - lead you to the very best Chicago has to offer.

The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook

Belt Publishing
Released: 2019-09-10
Paperback (224 pages)

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Chicago is famously a city of neighborhoods. Seventy-seven of them, formally; more than 200 in subjective, ever-changing fact. But what does that actually mean? The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, the latest in Belt's series of idiosyncratic city guides (after Cleveland and Detroit), aims to explore community history and identity in a global city through essays, poems, photo essays, and art articulating the lived experience of its residents. Edited by Martha Bayne, the book builds on 2017's critically acclaimed Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. What did one pizzeria mean to a boy growing up in Ashburn? How can South Shore encompass so much beauty and so much pain? Where's the best borscht in Ukranian Village? Who's got a handle on the ever-shifting identity of Rogers Park? All this and more in this lyrical, subjective, completely non-comprehensive guide to Chicago. Featuring work by Megan Stielstra, Audrey Petty, Alex Hernandez, Sebastián Hidalgo, Dmitry Samarov, Ed Marszewski, Lily Be, Jonathan Foiles, and many more.

DK Eyewitness Chicago (Travel Guide)

By DK Eyewitness

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2017-01-17
Paperback (212 pages)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago will lead you straight to the best attractions the Windy City has to offer.

Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Art Institute of Chicago, shop on Michigan Avenue, enjoy the rides at the Navy Pier funfair, take in the view from the Willis Tower, or explore the areas outside the heart of the city.

Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago.

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a chart for measuring walking distances.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights and restaurants.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder index for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Suggested day-trips and itineraries to explore beyond the city.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chicago truly shows you what others only tell you.

Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Chicago, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Chicago, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time and experience the best of everything.

Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

The Monocle Travel Guide to Chicago

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Chicago is a city of many different faces. It’s sweltering in the summer and ice-bound in the winter. For every soaring skyscraper there’s a Prairie-style property with a porch. Fine-dining establishments brush shoulders with classic American diners. It may be hundreds of miles from the ocean but Lake Michigan creates the illusion of sweeping seaside views.

We’ve ridden the rattling L train around the Windy City in search of our favourite hotels, from luxury lodgings in the Loop to a family-run find in a former publishing house across the river. We’ve taste-tested restaurants serving dazzling dishes from around the world, as well as the odd joint offering cheesy slices of deepdish pizza. Join us as we explore the museums and galleries shaking up the art world, and the improv clubs making us laugh until we cry. Plus, more than a handful of intimate bars at which to end – or extend – the night.

Chicago is a warm (in summer) and welcoming city that brings together the best of many metropolises in the US – from the sandy beaches of Los Angeles and the neighbourhood feel of San Francisco to the vibrant culture of New York – with a dash of that famous Midwestern hospitality. We’re pulling into the station; hop on board.

Good Night Illinois (Good Night Our World)

By Adam Gamble

Brand: Good Night Books
Released: 2013-10-01
Board book (20 pages)

Good Night Illinois (Good Night Our World)
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Good Night Illinois highlights the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Illinois State Fair, University of Illinois, Shawnee National Forest, John Deere Pavilion, Mississippi River and its famed riverboats, Route 66, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago pizza, the John Hancock Observatory, and the Illinois Railway Museum. This charming board book allows children to explore all the famous attractions, sights, and landmarks the great state of Illinois has to offer.

This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting, child-friendly themes.

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for North America's natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions as rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago 2020

By Not For Tourists

Not For Tourists
Released: 2019-10-15
Paperback (336 pages)

Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago 2020
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The Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago is a map-based, neighborhood-by-neighborhood dream guide that divides Chi-Town into sixty mapped neighborhoods from Gold Coast and Lincoln Park to Wrigleyville and Lakeview. Designed to lighten the load of already street-savvy locals, commuters, business travelers, and yes, tourists too, every map is dotted with user-friendly NFT icons that plot the nearest essential services and entertainment locations, while providing important information on things like kid-friendly activities, public transportation, restaurants, bars, and Chicago’s art scene.

Need to find the best deep-dish pizza hideouts around? NFT has you covered. How about a list of the top sports attractions in the famously sports-crazy city? We’ve got that, too. The nearest beach, jazz club, coffee shop, or bookstore—whatever you need—NFT puts it at your fingertips. This book also features:

• A foldout highway map
• Sections on the North Side, Near North Side, Near West Side, the Greater Loop, the South Side, and Greater Chicago
• More than 150 neighborhood and city maps

It’s the only key to the Windy City that Rahm Emanuel can’t give you.

Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois (Michelin Streetwise Maps)

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Streetwise Chicago Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Chicago, Illinois (Michelin Streetwise Maps)
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REVISED NOV 2017

Streetwise Chicago Map is a laminated city center map of Chicago, Illinois. The accordion-fold pocket size travel map has an integrated CTA & Metra map including lines & stations

Coverage includes:
Main Chicago Street Map 1:27,000
Downtown Chicago Map 1:18,000
Hyde Park - Kenwood Map 1:40,000
Wicker Park & Bucktown Map 1:27,000
Chicago Area Map 1:330,000
Chicago CTA & Metra Map

Dimensions: 4" x 8.5" folded, 8.5" x 28" unfolded

Discover Chicago's unique neighborhoods, and find a unique perspective on the city's architecture via a river cruise. Admire the Art Institute's world-class collection, enjoy the shopping haven of the Magnificent Mile; or cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Take a drive along the picturesque waterfront of Lake Shore Drive from the Art Institute at Grant Park to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science (home to Sue, the city's beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex) to the architectural oasis of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus and Oak Park.

All these sites are clearly marked and indexed on the STREETWISE® Chicago city map. Also included are an enlarged detailed map of the downtown, an area map that includes the major routes and surrounding towns of Chicago and a map of the Metra system. The pocket size map of Chicago is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. For more detailed exploration on this magnificent city, check out the Michelin Green Guide Chicago and the MICHELIN Guide (Red Guide) Chicago, for the best selection of restaurants in town.

Travel Like a Local - Map of Chicago: The Most Essential Chicago (Illinois) Travel Map for Every Adventure

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Travel Like a Local - Map of Chicago: The Most Essential Chicago (Illinois) Travel Map for Every Adventure
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Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago

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Reedy Press
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Chicago is one of the largest cities in the world and it's filled with history, culture, and diversity. World-renowned museums, award-winning restaurants and outdoor spaces, and first-rate hotels are just the tip of the amazing iceberg of things Chicago has to offer. The sheer volume of attractions can be overwhelming to parents looking to find family-friendly activities. The Ultimate Kids Adventure Guide to Chicago has sections dedicated to each region of the city and suburbs, and includes popular favorites like the Museum of Science and Industry and Millennium Park, as well as hidden gems like indoor skydiving and an all-ages televised dance party. Written by a Chicago-native and parent, this guide is filled with practical details and insider tips perfect for local Chicagoans or those who are new to or visiting the area. Parents will find everything they need to easily plan a day-long outing, a week of vacation fun, or an entire childhood of great Chicago-area memories on any budget.


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