|Chicago City Facts|
|Country||USA (United State of America)|
|Total Area||234.0 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||41.8500° N, 87.6500° W|
|Time Zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|Area Code||312, 773, 872|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium|
|Universities||University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Roosevelt University|
|Tourist Places of Attractions
Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois. It is also the third largest city in the US in terms of population. New York City and Los Angeles are the top two cities in the US going by population.
The city of Chicago has distinct neighborhood areas and some of the important ones are -
Altgeld Gardens is a neighborhood in Riverdale Community Area, Chicago. As per US census statistics most of the residents here are of African-American origin. The housing project here started with 1,498 units in 1945. It was built in order to look after the requirements of African-American veterans who were returning from the Second World War.
Also referred to as Beverly Hills, Beverly is situated on the South side of south-western part of the city. The neighborhood was built by English engineers as a streetcar suburb. The big lots and homes in Beverly also show this historical aspect of the city's construction. It is at the maximum elevation in Chicago.
Chatham in South Side, Chicago is a vibrant neighborhood where African-Americans, Caucasians, Asians, and Hispanic communities live in harmony.
Douglas in the southern side of Chicago is named after Stephen A Douglas, a well known politician from Illinois. The Douglas estate included a piece of land that was given to the national government, and then became Camp Douglas, an infamous prison camp during the Civil War.
Edgewater is a lakefront community neighborhood, which is in North Side, Chicago. It is seven miles to the north of Loop. The area is surrounded by Foster Avenue in south, Ravenswood Avenue in west, Devon Avenue in north, and Lake Michigan in east.
Forest Glen is in Northwest Chicago. There are almost 550 homes in this neighborhood. It has been often referred to as the finest community in Chicago and is one of the oldest neighborhoods as well. Captain William Hazelton was the first inhabitant of Forest Glen.
Chicago has always been an important tourist destination in the US. It is the preferred choice for holding conventions. The city's breathtaking architecture and numerous skyscrapers are its main attractions.
Places To Visit
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) at Chicago is also the biggest science museum in the West. The important exhibits here include a model coal mine, model railroad, a German submarine and the Apollo rocket which took the first humans to the moon.
Wrigley Field in Chicago's North Side is home to the Chicago Cubs. Catch them in action when you are in Chicago.
Lincoln Park, this is the largest park in the city and gets about 20 million visitors each year. The Lincoln Park Zoo is freely accessible to everyone.
Millennium Park, this is in the heart of the city. The Millennium Park is known for its architecture and art display. Other attractions are an ice rink and cabaret and theatre performances during winter.
Navy Pier, situated in the mid-west area of the city is a popular attraction. You can take a ride on the Ferris wheel, watch a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, catch a movie in the IMAX theatre, and let children explore the Chicago Children's Museum. The place also offers boat cruises along the city's shoreline.
The Wills Tower's Skydeck is 1, 3500 feet above the ground; you can get a view of the city from up here. The glass deck on the 103rd floor gives a breathtaking view. This is the former Sears Towers which was once the tallest building in the world.
Chicago Cultural center showcases the comprehensive art collection of the United States and is worth a visit.
Besides, there are nearly 200 art galleries in Chicago and a number of art events are held from time to time.
Hotels and Accommodation
Chicago has a wide range of hotels to cater to different budgets. There are about 700 hotels in Chicago. Many of them are in downtown Chicago to cater to different tastes, from five-star luxury hotels to boutique hotels to B & Bs.
Here's a list of some of the best luxury hotels in Chicago -
The Peninsula Chicago Tel: 1-312-337-2888
Four Seasons Chicago Tel: 1-312-280-8800
Conard Chicago Tel: 1-312-645-1500
trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago Tel: 1-312-588-8000
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Tel: +800-00-266-723
Chicago offers a variety of dining options. Do try the signature dishes - from the famous deep-dish pizzas to Chicago style hot dogs and Italian Beef and Giardiniera to Chicken Vesuvio. Lao Sze Chuan, Via Bella Pizza, Franco's Pizza, Pasta and Panini, Sesame Inn, Zenwich, Alinea, Everest, and Seasons are some of the top-rated restaurants here.
In addition to being a top vacation choice, Chicago offers good shopping choices. There are big department stores and designer boutiques to cater to different needs and budgets. For the very best of brands, designer labels and upscale merchandise Chicago Premium Outlets Mall is the place to shop. The Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall is bout 45 miles north of the city but is ideal for largescale shopping. The Prime Outlets Huntley Mall has some great outlets of reputed brands. Apart from these, the Woodfield Mall and Yorktown center also offer excellent shopping opportunities.
Chicago has two main airports- the Chicago Midway International Airport and the Chicago O'Hare International Airport. There are trains - Amtrak and Metra Rail - which connect Chicago to other cities. Local transport options include buses and taxis. Public transport is efficient and can be used to get around the city.
Important Educational Institutions
Chicago has always been an important center for education and research and attracts students from all over the world. Important universities located here are the University of Chicago; Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University; Illinois Institute of Technology, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Columbia College Chicago.
The best time to visit the city of Chicago is between April and October. The weather is pleasant and you are likely to enjoy your visit to the city. Chicago has always been a city of contrasts and you can enjoy the various city attractions when you are there.
Last Updated On : February 21, 2013