Chicago ranks number three in the major cities in the country. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the 22nd largest metropolitan area in the world. Encompassing Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, t The Chicagoland area contains nearly 10 million people.
The area downtown that is encompassed by the elevated (‘L’) train tracks is known as “The Loop.” Many various monumental things in history got their start in this great city. “Historic Route 66” starts at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago. The first mail-order business, Montgomery Ward & Co., was established in 1872. In 1937 Dr. Bernard Fantus started the country’s first blood bank at Cook County Hospital. The first bank drive-up window opened in 1946.
At 110 stories tall, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The elevators in the Willis Tower are some of the fastest in the world, soaring up and down as fast as 1,600 feet per minute. Four states are visible from the Skydeck; Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin. The first skyscraper in the world, the Home Insurance Company, was built in 1885.
The first Ferris wheel made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original one. McCormick Place is the premier convention center which offers the largest amount of exhibition space in North America (2.2 million square feet).
Known around the world as one of the most passionate sports towns, the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, and Cubs entertain the masses in excellent style. So much so, it will be the host of the 2017 Warrior Games. The Chicagoland Speedway host four Nascar races per year.
It is estimated that nearly 40 million people visit Chicago annually.