Quick Facts

Population: over 8.7 million
: 1833
: Downtown, North Side, South Side, and West Side (extensive list)
: O’Hare International Airport, Sears Tower, McCormick Place Convention Center, Museum of Science and Industry, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Union Station, Wrigley Field (pro-sports teams: Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Fire)
Notable Colleges:
 University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago (total of 550,000 students in Chicago – undergrad, graduate, postgrad/doctoral)


Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. It is a huge center for commerce and is listed as the 6th largest financial center in the world. Chicago has a history rich in industry, jazz, theater, politics, education, and culture that has persevered through the city’s tumultuous early years of gangsters, civil unrest, and the Great Chicago Fire that devastated a third of the city in 1871. Modern advances and achievements include the largest medical school in the United States (University of Illinois College of Medicine), the world’s second busiest airport (O’Hare International), and huge steps towards renewable and nuclear energy (75% of the entire city is run off of nuclear power). [clear /]

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