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Chicago - It's Your Kind Of Town
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© Christine Till
Chicago has a wealth of nicknames - "Windy City, "City that Works" and "City of Big Shoulders" among them - and has the big personality to match.
Ravaged by fire in 1871, the city eventually rose from the ashes to emerge as America's "Second City," trailing only New York in population and influence until the 1980s. In 1890, Chicago's population topped 1 million for the first time. Now home to nearly 3 million people, Chicago has the third-largest population in the United States. It is the birthplace of the country's first skyscrapers and the first elevated train system (the famous "El"), and boasts a glorious mix of architectural styles (Romanesque and Gothic Revival, Italianate and even exotic Moorish and Egyptian). Chicago's Loop and Near North Side contain major works from virtually every skyscraper architecture revolution of the past 100 years. ... One school suddenly appears raw, then matures and then is taken over by another, radically different idea about how buildings should look. Chicago's living history of architecture can be surveyed all within a few blocks in a concentration unmatched by any other city in the world.
Chicago is also the birthplace of many important inventions, including the first steel-framed skyscraper, the first elevated train system, the first zipper, the first McDonald's restaurant, the first atomic reactor and the first Twinkie. Al Capone, America's most infamous gangster, lived here, Walt Disney, one of history's most famous dreamers, was born and studied in Chicago, Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful people in media and entertainment, moved to the city, Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, launched his political career in Chicago, Hillary Rodham Clinton (whom Obama appointed as secretary of state), also has an important link to the Windy City: She was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb.
Chicago unquestionably knows that it is great. It's Your Kind of Town!
January 27th, 2013
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