Chicago may very well be one of the United States’ most well-known and popular cities, but there is much about the city that is worth noting beyond the fact that it is a popular tourist destination. As a visitor destination, it sees, on average, over forty million tourists a year. That number does not include the already impressive two million plus residents that inhabit over two hundred miles of land. If you have never been to Chicago, here is a chance to learn a few fun facts.
Chicago in the Beginning
Chicago was established as a city in 1832 and quickly began to gain nicknames including “The Windy City,” “the Second City,” and “the City That Works.” Since then, the state has become famous for landmarks, towering buildings, and city life.
Chicago the Big City
Chicago gives New York City a run for its money, containing over five hundred companies, many of the lucrative businesses that generate cash for the city and its state, Illinois. Another milestone of big cities in the United States, museums can be found in Chicago. There are over forty museums in Chicago and one hundred and fifty theaters for entertainment. Most famously, The Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the most significant collections in the world. Chicago is also home to the very first Ferris wheel that debuted in 1893 on the Navy Pier.
Other Landmarks and Visitor Destinations
Two other famous destinations for Chicago residents and tourists are the Lincoln Zoo and the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). The Lincoln Zoo is one of three free zoos in the United States. This zoo is credited as the country’s longest lasting zoo, and it welcomes millions of viewers each year. The Willis Tower, most often recognized as the Sears Tower, is one of the tallest buildings in the world and known for its super quick elevators.