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Chicago Introduction


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Chicago-style: The adjective seems to attach itself to everything in Chicago—from vibrant downtown Chicago, architecture and political machines to deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, the arts and blues music. Chicago residents do things with their own distinctive flair, creating innovations that resound far beyond the city's borders.   Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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Chicago Geography


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To know Chicago, you first must visualize its most imposing characteristic—Lake Michigan—which runs along the city's eastern edge for 29 mi/47 km, providing free beaches, gorgeous views, running and bike trails, and year-round outdoor enjoyment. The lake so dominates the city that it alone is thought of as "east": Although you'll hear references to the South Side, West Side and North Side, the residents of the East Side would be coho salmon, whitefish and smelt.   Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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Chicago History


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In 1779, fur trader Jean Baptiste Point du Sable founded Chicago in a place Native Americans referred to as "stinky onion." Its location at the base of Lake Michigan made it a key transportation point. In 1803, the U.S. government built Fort Dearborn as a base for westward expansion. The 100-mi/160-km Illinois and Michigan Canal, which linked Chicago to the Mississippi River, was completed in 1848, and Chicago's first rail lines were laid just a few years later. The city subsequently became the nation's hub for both freight and passenger trains, as well as a major shipping port.  Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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Chicago Sightseeing & Things to Do


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If there is one thing that defines Chicago, it is this city's world-class architecture. There are dozens of tours to guide you around the city's famous buildings, landmarks, public sculptures and lively ethnic neighborhoods. You can see the city by boat, kayak, bus, trolley, horse-drawn buggy, on foot or even by fire truck.  Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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Chicago Nightlife


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At night, Chicago sizzles, from legendary blues and jazz venues to famous comedy clubs to hopping nightclubs. The Loop becomes fairly quiet after curtains fall on its many theaters. Then most barhoppers move north to clubs along Rush Street or to a cluster of busy taverns around the intersection of State and Division.   Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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Chicago Restaurants & Dining


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Chicago possesses all the necessary conditions for producing great restaurants: a variety of ethnic communities, a tradition of experimental cooking and an adventurous yet discriminating dining public. It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with the diversity and quality found at Chicago's tables.   Click here to see the full Chicago travel guide on Travel42 »

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