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Chicago At a Glance

Quick Facts and Everything You Need to Know About Chicago, Illlinois

The city of Chicago is an independent territory found in the state of Illinois, belonging to the Cook and Dupage County. Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and gets a significant amount of tourists annually for their local activities and famous landmarks. Because of that, we've brought together a few fun facts about the city of Chicago you should know!


History & Etymology

Named after a French rendering of the indigenous Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa for a wild relative of the onion, Chicago has a rich origin story from being founded in 1780 during the tail end of settlement civilizations to its incorporation into the United States in 1837 and its status today as an independent town. From the festivities and special events that the city hosts on a regular basis, to the sensational local eateries and bars both the natives and tourists love, Chicago is home to a diverse community and complex culture and history.


Population Data and Numbers on Geography

With a land area of 227.73 sq mi and a water area of 6.80 sq mi, Chicago holds a total populace of 2,746,388. Ranking first in the state of Illinois and third in the entire United States, the city of Chicago is composed of a truly varied mix of people, coming from all walks of life and experiences. And with ORD only a ways off from the center of the city, it's not surprising that O'Hare International Airport finds hundreds and thousands of people coming and going into Chicago on a daily basis, whether for work or leisure.


Culture and Popular Establishments

Coming from an elaborate history as a city and part of the state of Illinois, Chicago hosts a lot of the finest restaurants and world-renowned hotels. Check out our Top 5 lists of the city's premier dining experiences and fanciest hotel rooms for when you're in Chicago. And while you're here in town, you might as well go to some of Chicago's most popular sites to make the most of your trip here, like the Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and Chicago Riverwalk. Whether you're an art aficionado, want to enjoy a nice day out in the park, or want to take your young ones to see and learn about animals in the zoo, Chicago has got the place for you!

Afterwards, if you would like to unwind and enjoy a chill night in, you can go to some of the city's most reputable bars and joints to get a little bit of downtime and relaxation after a long day. If you time your vacation just right, you might even be able to catch one of our annual festivals and celebrations. You could even catch a game or two at United Center while you're in town! Whether you come here regularly for work or are visiting on a holiday, we're sure you'll enjoy your stay at Chicago.

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