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Chicago Is A Powerhouse City For Work Or Play

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Chicago, Illinois is the third biggest city in the United States of America, and certainly the largest in Illinois. Its metropolitan area, informally known as Chicagoland, includes several counties in Wisconsin and Indiana. There is no precise definition for this term, but it generally means "around Chicago". While the city itself has about 3 million inhabitants, this large area has an amazing population of 9.7 million people.

In 1833, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, a small community was formed that was to later become Chicago. With its excellent location it soon became a major transportation center, and only four years later, this settlement was large enough to be incorporated as a city.

The city has an interesting past, such as when gangsters like Al Capone and others, roamed the city in the 1920s. It was once capital of the railroad industry and up until the 1960s had one of the world's largest meatpacking plants. Today O'Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport in the United States, with millions of people passing through its doors each year.

The "Windy City", "Chi-Town", or "The City That Works" is an immensely exciting city that has produced many influential American politicians. It has for a long time been a major source of support for the Democratic Party. Never has this been more apparent than on October 4, 2008, when Barack Obama became president-elect of the United States.

Chicago's economy is healthy and very well balanced. There is no one major dominant industry, but instead a seemingly endless list of companies with many diversified products. It has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States, and has the second largest central business district in the U.S. The number of banks, financial and futures exchanges, brokerage firms, insurance companies is impressive.

Such medical companies as Baxter International, Abbott Laboratories, and the Healthcare Financial Services division of General Electric have headquarters in the metro area. Manufacturing, printing, publishing and food processing are also dominant players in this prosperous city. Boeing, the huge aerospace company, moved to the Chicago Loop from Seattle in 2001.

The city's storied past established it as a major transportation and distribution center. When the Illinois and Michigan Canal was built it became possible to move products from the Great Lakes down to the Mississippi River. The railways contributed to Chicago's dominance as a grain port as well as a major producer of beef and pork. Today meatpacking plays a lesser role, but this established infrastructure from the past has built a strong foundation for the major amount of trade that exists today.

In 2006, 44.2 million people from all over the world came to the city to experience the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, restaurants, night life, sporting events, Millennium Park and all manner of entertainment. Many came for conventions at McCormick Place which is the third largest convention destination in the U.S.

The historic Chicago Cultural Center is a great place to seek out Visitor Information, galleries and exhibit halls. Museum Campus is a lakefront park that surrounds the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium. For the history buff, The Oriental Institute houses an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. This is just the tip of the museum iceberg. There are at least a dozen more for the visitor to enjoy.

The city has an amazing range of entertainment and bars are hopping. When it comes to music, Chicago is the blues town, with many famous blues houses to choose from. The city is the birthplace of the House style of music, and is the site of an influential Hip-Hop scene.

Chicago has a major theater scene, and is undoubtedly the birthplace of modern improvisational comedy. The city's thriving classical music scene is home to companies including Music of the Baroque, the Opera Theater, the Chamber Musicians, Chicago a Cappella, and many others.

Shopping is another highly entertaining activity. Wrap up your spree on State Street. That's where great shopping meets great entertainment in the Downtown Theater District. Then reward yourself by taking in a spectacular Broadway show.

In Chicago you'll find nearly 7,000 restaurants, more than 200 theaters, miles and miles of lakefront beaches and parks, and all kinds of clubs and bars, as well as world-class galleries and museums.

If you enjoy sports, this is your kind of town. It was named the Best Sports City in the United States by The Sporting News in 2006. It is no wonder,there are so many professional teams to keep track of. The Cubs play on the city's North Side, while the White Sox play in on the South Side. There's the Bears of the NFL, and the Bulls of the NBA. If soccer is your game, you can enjoy the Fire soccer club of the MLS, the Sting of the NASL, or the Power of the NPSL-AISA.

Chicago is truly an amazing city in which to work and play. If you are looking for a fabulous vacation spot, or considering a new place to call home, consider the City of Broad Shoulders. It's the city that welcomes everyone.

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