Chicago Neighborhood Region Map
ABOUT THE CHICAGO REGION
Chicago, the "Windy City" or Second City as it is commonly referred to, boasts 2.7 million residents and is the third most populated city in the United States. Extending across the Chicago and Calumet rivers, the city covers an area of 60,000 hectares and sits 176 meters (578 feet) above sea level on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. At 190 km wide and 495 km long, Lake Michigan is the fifth largest body of fresh water in the world. Home to OHare International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world, Chicago has become the international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation alike. Chicago boasts 77 vibrant neighborhoods, attracting an estimated 40 million visitors annually.
Incorporated as a city in 1837, the city of Chicago experienced rapid growth in the mid-nineteenth century. The citys booming economy attracted residents from rural communities and immigrants from abroad. Chicagos manufacturing, retail and finance sectors began to dominate, quickly influencing the American economy. Chicago was in the ideal position to take advantage of the trading possibilities created by the nations westward expansion. Subsequently, The Chicago Board of Trade, established in 1848, is known as the worlds oldest futures and options exchange. The Great Chicago Fire broke out in 1871, destroying what was considered a large section of the city at the time- destruction spanning 4 miles long and 1 mile wide. As Chicago recovered from the devastation and began to rebuild, the city constructed the worlds first skyscraper, using steel-skeleton construction.
Home to 2.7 million residents, Chicago ranks as the third most populated city in the United States. The racial and ethnic composition of Chicago has become increasingly more diverse over the last several decades. The average age in Chicago is 32.9 with a slighter higher percentage of female residents versus male. The city offers a wide range of housing options. From high-rise condominiums to mid-rise apartments and lofts, to single family homes located along secluded tree-lined neighborhoods there truly is something for everyone.
Chicago is recognized for an abundance of distinct, cultural attractions in addition to its influence on visual arts, novels, film, theater, improvisational comedy, and music- specifically jazz, blues, soul, and house music. World renowned historical sites, 26 miles of beautiful lakefront, beaches, museums, the iconic Magnificent Mile, parks and Navy Pier are just a few of the popular landmarks contributing to the citys magnetic draw. Home to sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, Chicago has a reputation across the nation as being a passionate sports town. Tourists and locals can enjoy magnificent 360 degree views from the John Hancock Observatory as well as unbelievable city views from 1,353 feet up at the Willis Tower Skydeck (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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