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Chicago Travel GuideWith a population of almost 3.05 million residents, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. Chicago is situated adjoining to the Lake Michigan. The city is often called the "the windy city" or "Chi-town". Founded in 1833, the city soon became a very important transportation center being situated beside the Great Lakes as well as the Mississippi River.
Chicago is home to the two major international airports, Chicago Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport and the latter is the world's second busiest airport in terms of passengers. Chicago is one of the cities of America that has a lot of political history related to it. And the sixteenth president of the country Abraham Lincoln was nominated from this very city. Among the more recent democrats coming from Chicago is presidential elect Barrack Hussain Obama wth an American mother and a Kenyan father.
Chicago is home to a few sky scrapers in the world such as the Sears Tower, John Hancock Center, Aon Center, and plus the under-construction Trump International Hotel and Tower and the Chicago Spire.
The name Chicago literally means "wild leek" and was initially applied to the river. In the year 1871 a third of the city was destroyed by fire and this is called the event of the Great Chicago Fire. The city was a witness to many labor conflicts including the Haymarket Affair of 1886.
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The city lies has a humid continental climate and four distinct seasons can be experienced over here. January is the coldest month of the year and summer is the rainiest of all the seasons. After the city was devastated by the Great Fire it was rebuilt with much care and this resurrection saw the birth of the most beautiful and the tallest buildings of the nation.
The most populated and residential section of the city is the North Side and it contains beaches stretching over miles beside the Lake Michigan. The South Side is the largest section of the entire city and has a higher ratio of single family homes and is full of public parklands and beaches as well.
One of the parks of the city the Lincoln Park attracts over 20 million visitors each year from all around the world and it is the second largest park in the country right after Central Park of New York City.
A number of new parks have been added in recent years to the scheme of beautification of the city such as Ping Tom Memorial Park, DuSable Park and most notably Millennium Park.
The nightlife of the city attracts tourists to a certain degree as does the waterfront allure of the place. The city has many upscale dining enterprises and a lot of ethnic restaurant districts like the Mexican village "La Villita" on 26th street, just west of Halsted, "Chinatown" on the near South Side, "Greektown" on South Halsted. Chicago is a favorite haunt for tourists indeed.
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