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Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States, numbering more than 2.7 million inhabitants (2,718,782 in 2013). At the same time, together with the city suburbs forms agglomeration (metropolitan area), numbering more than 9.6 million people.
Unofficially Chicagoans call the city with suburbs “Chikagolend» (Chicagoland). It is worth noting that even the locals do not agree exactly what territory covers Chikagolend, what is important, that as in many major US cities, the city blends in crowded suburban areas. And speaking of the need to involve Chicago and its suburbs.
Located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago has a relatively short but very turbulent history. As not only the largest city in the entire Midwest, to date, is the largest transport, industrial, economic and cultural center of North America. Being a stronghold of the Democrats, from Chicago came a lot of well-known politicians, including Barack Obama (Senator from Illinois). In recent years, Chicago has acquired the status of one of the world’s financial center. O’Hare International Airport occupies an honorable 2nd place in the list of the most congested airports on the ups and landing of the world (2008). Only in 2007 the city was visited by 1.15 million foreign tourists, in addition to 32.8 million compatriots.
Chicago is famous for its unparalleled architecture, excellent cuisine, as well as plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. Located in an area of 60,000 hectares, the city has many parks. Only in the city, in addition to the suburban area of the park is 3000 hectares. Chicago has a reputation as one of the most exciting cities for walking. Each of the areas of the city (neighbourhoods) has its own unique shape and character. Neighborhood Loop (Loop) or Russian “loop” – the central business district of the city. It is home to leading the city’s museums and theaters, as well as first-class shopping on State Street. Most skyscrapers are located precisely in the Loop area. In addition to the district Loop, Chicago River divides into three main parts: the north side (North Side), west side (West Side) South Side (South Side).
Some of the iconic sights of Chicago: Skyscraper John Hancock Center, Fountain and Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park
Designer clothing stores and upscale shopping centers are located on a plot of North Michigan Avenue, known as the “Magnificent Mile”. Areas of Streeterville, Old Town, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview – a place where you can find unique shops and restaurants, as well as in touch with the night life of the city. Art galleries, as well as trendy clubs in the districts – River North, Bucktown, Wicker Park. Get introduced to ethnic cuisine and buy souvenirs can be in Greektown, Little Italy, Chinatown. Additionally, you can find the German enclaves in Lincoln Square, and Swedish in Andersonville. The South Side area is the University of Chicago, as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. There are also the biggest city parades.
Naturally, the so recognizable and unique city, had (and has) a great impact on people living in it, or at least once visited it. It is no wonder that the city has received many informal names, of which the most common – “Windy City» (Windy City). Wind in the city and the truth is often very cold. Summer in Chicago is warm and humid, with average temperatures of July 22 C. Winters – quite cold and snowy. The average temperature in January is -6 C Spring and Autumn – soft with low humidity.