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Statistics & Facts

The population of Chicago is approximately 2,695,598 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,045,560 (2010).

The amount of land area in Chicago is 588.4 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Chicago is 227.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 17.9 sq kilometers.
The distance from Chicago to Washington DC is 619 miles. The distance to the Illinois state capital is 177 miles. (as the crow flies)
Chicago is positioned 41.83 degrees north of the equator and 87.68 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Chicago elevation is 578.5 feet above sea level.
Chicago per capita income is $27,138 (2009).
Chicago median income is $45,734 (2009).

The Chicago median home price is $261,600 (2009).

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Chicago location: Stretching 29 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a large city in Illinois, traditionally divided between the North, West and South sides. The central part of the city is commonly known as "the Loop." Other nearby communities include Cicero, Berwyn, Stickney, Forest View, Oak Park, Riverside, Forest Park, Bedford Park.

Chicago Transit Authority Website

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Chicago is moderate with frequent changes. It is fairly warm and humid in the summer and quite cold in the winter. The air movement over the Great Lakes tends to temper the coolness or warmth of the air. Most of the coldest weather comes from the south rather than from over the lakes. Summers usually bring thunderstorms, warm weather and high humidity.
Chicago average annual rainfall is 35.3 inches per year
Chicago average annual snowfall is 38.2 inches per year.
Chicago average temperature is 49.9 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 40 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 59 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 23.5 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 49 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 84.7 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 53 degrees F.

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History & History Related Items

Chicago history:

A trading post was opened here in 1779 by Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, who is considered to be the first settler of Chicago. He opened his store on the north bank of the Chicago River. As the settlement continued to grow, a fort, Fort Dearborn, was built on the south bank of the river in 1803.

Chicago incorporated as a town in 1833 and then as a city in 1837 when it had a population of 4,170. Around this time many milestones occurred in the area such as the opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the first railroad tracks being laid in 1848. The Union Stockyards were opened in 1865.

A major disaster occurred in 1871 with the infamous Chicago Fire. The first skyscraper was built in 1885. It was only ten stories high and built with a steel frame, but for that era, it was very tall. It was torn down in 1931. The elevated trains were created in 1892 with a major event coming soon after. The World's Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago in 1933. O'Hare Airport opened in 1955 and continues to be a busy, international airport. Read the Wikipedia page on the airport.

A history page from the city of Chicago. The city's tourism site has this history page if you want to explore the city's history.

Chicago Tunnel Company Railroad
Chicago had a 60-mile underground narrow gauge electric railway that operated with 149 locomotives and over 3000 freight cars forty feet below the streets of downtown Chicago from 1906 until 1959. These tunnels became infamous in 1992 when they became flooded and shut the city down for almost one week. Learn more about the Chicago freight tunnels by visiting the this page

this page has both a short history and spotlights on important historical figures in Chicago history.

The name, Chicago, is from a Native American word, Shikaakwa, which means wild onion or wild garlic. In a journal entry of Robert de LaSalle about 1679, he mentions Checagou when describing the wild garlic plants they found there.

The nickname of "City of Big Shoulders" appears to have come from the poem by renowned American Poet, Carl Sandburg. A portion of the poem goes as follows: "...City of the Big Shoulders... Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning, Flinging...against the little soft cities.."

The title "Windy City" was given to Chicago by New York Sun editor Charles Dana in 1893. He was tired of hearing long-winded politicians boasting about the wonders of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago the same year.

A history page for the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. This area was named for two brothers, Charles and Joel Wicker, who, in 1870, donated land for a park to the City of Chicago.
The settling of Chicago: 1779
The founding of Chicago: 1833
The incorporation date of Chicago: 1837

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Chicago Attractions:

Things to see and do in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue
Phone: 312-527-1000
Please call ahead for hours of operation and cost or check out the website.

The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637-2093
Phone: 773-684-1414
TDD: 773-684-3323

Taste of Chicago
The world's largest food festival is held each year the end of June. Great tastes and demonstrations plus lots of good entertainment and fun for the family.

Official Chicago Website

Neighborhoods of Chicago:
Wicker Park
1414 North Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-384-2672
One of the oldest and most established of Chicago's neighborhoods, come to Wicker Park to see the past with Victorian mansions and classic brownstones. This area is developing rapidly and offers something for everyone with shopping, clubs, dancing, restaurants, entertainment and much more.

Wicker Park is on the northwest side of Chicago. The boundaries are Bloomingdale Street, Western Ave., Division St. and Ashland Ave. Wicker Park and Bucktown, side by side on the northwest side of Chicago, are two of the oldest, most established, and eclectic neighborhoods in the City.

Chicago's official tourism site

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