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The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago

The professional basketball club, the Chicago Bulls, won their third consecutive NBA Championship this year
The world's largest public library opened this year and was named for Harold Washington, Chicago's first African-American mayor.
O'Hare Airport opened this year. Before the transformation, the airport was used in World War II as a manufacturing plant. In 1945, Douglas Company left the airport and the name was changed to Orchard Field Airport. The airport name was changed to O'Hare International Airport in 1949. Commercial flights finally began in 1955 and the airport has continued to expand since that time with a number of major expansions throughout the years. Midway Airport had been the major airport in the area until O'Hare began to expand and Midway had become too crowded. Though some services have shifted back to Midway, O'Hare remains the major airport for the area.
In 1900. Sanitary Engineers reversed the flow of the river to prevent a recurrence of epidemics, giving the city the world's only river that flows backward.
The Chicago Fire burned much of the city. Much of the quickly expanding city was built using wood, including sidewalks and streets and buildings. The fire began at 137 De Koven St. in the O'Leary's barn. Interestingly enough, though most of the city burned, the O'Leary home did not. The cause of the fire has never been learned but legend has it that she and her cow started the fire. That was never proven, but nonetheless makes an interesting story. Read this interesting account of the Chicago fire with lots of details and facts.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Chicago and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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