is a city located on the northeastern edge of Illinois. For long time it was the second city in the USA, but in 80's Los Angeles took over.
Important dates to this city include the Great Fire of 1871, which killed 300 and let 90 000 homeless. In 1893, the city hosted the World's Columbia Exposition for 6 months, attracting some 26 million people. The city is 4 hours from Los Angeles and 2 hours from New York, Dallas, and Atlanta. Chicago is called "Windy City.
Chicago is truly one of the world's greatest tourist destinations, with millions visiting each year to enjoy our architecture, museums, unique neighborhoods and city-sponsored festivals.
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Important facts using numbers:
Population: 2,896,016 (state of Illinois: 12,419,293),
Total area: 230 sq mi (600 sq km),
Elevation: 580ft (175m),
Time: Central Time (GMT/UTC minus 6 hours),
Telephone Area Codes: 312 downtown area; oraz 773,
Museums: Over 40,
Restaurants: Over 6,000,
Parade: Over 200 parade yearly,
Busses: 1,875 miejskich (CTA),
Streets: 1,290 one way streets,
Bridges: 46 miejskich ruchomych mostów,
Laurate of Noble: 64 (from University of Chicago).
The biggest Polish Community; about 750,000 people (about 1,000,000 Polish / Polish-Americans in Illinois),
The tallest building in USA, which has 110 floors (1,454 feet); Sears Tower,
The biggest and the oldest public aquariums in the world; John G. Shedd Aquarium,
The biggest fontain in the world which is located in Grant Park; Buckingham Fountain,
The biggest public library; the Harold Washington Library, which has over 2 million books. There are also polish books,
One of the biggest festivals called "Taste of Chicago", where every year for whole week hundreds of restaurants which serve their food to million of people,
Is called the biggest sweet city,
The Art Institute of Chicago has the biggest art collection after Louvre in Paris/France,
The busiest airport in the world, handling over 72 million passengers in 2000; O'Hare International Airport.
Chicago has a program "Sister Cities International". Its sister cities include Paris, Osaka, Shanghai, Toronto, and Warsaw. Warsaw was one of the first city which joined this program in year 1960.
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