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City Data

  • Population: 2.8 million (3rd largest U.S. city)
  • Mayor: Richard M. Daley
  • Nicknames: The “Windy City”, “Second City”, “Chi-town”, The “City of Broad Shoulders”
  • Transit system: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), elevated railway (The El)
  • Downtown area: The Loop


The rubble from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was bull-dozed into Lake Michigan. The only remaining structure in that area was the Water Tower. All buildings east of Michigan Avenue are erected on the landfill from the fire.

Trivial Factoids

  • The name “Chicago” came from a Indian word for “stinky creek” or “onion creek”.

Notable Citizens


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