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The City of Chicago IL

Jul 18

Located at the mouth of the Chicago River where the Great Lakes meet the Mississippi, the city has played a central role in American economic and cultural history. In the 19th century it was, as Carl Sandburg put it, "Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation." Skilled personal injury attorney.

The city grew quickly because of its role as a water transit hub that helped to move agricultural products, raw materials, manufactured goods and finished commodities to and from the hinterland. It became a major center for rail transportation, manufacturing, banking, higher education, religion, sports and high culture. Its booming economy helped to fund construction of skyscrapers such as the Art Deco Merchandise Mart and the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

After World War II, Chicago became a magnet for returning military veterans and new immigrants from Europe. At the height of the steel boom, it produced more steel than the United Kingdom and surpassed Nazi Germany's production. The boom also led to the development of massive housing tracts on the city's northwest and southwest sides. Street photographers such as Richard Nickel and Vivian Maier documented the burgeoning urban landscape of this period.

In the 1990s, downtown revitalization efforts helped to make the city a top convention destination. New retail and restaurant establishments opened along Michigan Avenue, the main thoroughfare through the historic Loop. In the same decade, the city constructed a bike path from Reed-Keppler Park to Millennium Park and made other improvements to the central business district.

Chicago's diverse population has contributed to its rich cultural heritage. It has spawned popular musicians such as rapper Common, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. It has produced famous writers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables), and renowned novelist Richard Wright. It has provided the setting for many memorable movies, including the John Hughes teen-sex comedy classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.

Chicago is a sprawling city of more than 600 parks, 300 miles of bike paths and 18.5 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan. It is also home to more than 100 schools, and the city's public school system is one of the largest in the country. The city's most prominent ethnic groups include people of Polish, Italian, German, Czech and Irish descent. In addition to its many historic and cultural attractions, the city has a vibrant performing arts scene, and is recognized for its cutting-edge restaurants, food trucks and unique cuisines. The city is home to the third-largest theater and opera companies in the United States. It also has a growing number of dance companies, and is an important venue for contemporary and classical music. The city's diverse cultural heritage and vibrant performing arts scene make it a top international travel destination.


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