Ten fun facts about Chicago
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Chicago's metropolitan area actually extends into two other neighboring states, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Chicago has more nicknames than almost any other city in the United States. A few of the best known are "The Windy City," "Chi-Town," and "City of the Big Shoulders."
Chicago has a notorious history with organized crime, being the seat of the Chicago Outfit, a mafia organization, since 1910. Al Capone was one of the most famous leaders of the Chicago Outfit.
Chicago is home to the world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company, which was built in 1885.Fact 5
Chicago is the birthplace of Jazz. The first published use of the name was by a baseball pitcher, Ben Henderson, in 1912.Fact 6
Chicago has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world, outside of the Louvre museum in Paris.Fact 7
Chicago, despite being located almost equally distant from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, has almost 30 miles of waterfront, and more than 15 miles of public beaches.Fact 8
Chicago was where the first fission reaction was created by a group of scientists working with physicist Enrico Fermi, under the football stands of the University of Chicago's stadium.Fact 9
Chicago is home to the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, which stood as the tallest building in the world for 25 years.Fact 10
Chicago's Wrigley Field, best known as a baseball stadium, has also hosted more [American] football games than any other arena in the United States. Go to more u.s. city facts ❯
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