What comes to mind when you think of Chicago? The Blues. Matisse, Degas, and Renoir. Sailboats and skyscrapers. The marathon. Deep dish pizza. Steppenwolf's in-your-face theater. The largest Polish population outside of Warsaw. Die-hard Cub fans. Hogbutcher to the world. Lollapalooza. Millennium Park. We hope you'll agree with Frank Sinatra and say Chicago is "my kind of town." Here are some fun facts about Chicago.
- More than 77 geographic communities make up this “City of Neighborhoods.”
- Second only to New York, Chicago has more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and nearly 100 corporate headquarters.
- It has snowed in September, been 90 degrees in March, and we’ve even had a day where the high and low differed by more than 65 degrees.
- The city has 31 miles of harbors, bike paths, and beaches that provide a playground to swim, sail, skate, walk, or play volleyball.
- Chicago is one of only three cities in the country to have six professional teams – the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Chicago Fire, Cubs, and White Sox.
- Among the nationally-and internationally-known cultural institutions that make their home here are the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera, the Goodman Theater, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, Second City, and Hubbard Street Dance.
- Chicago’s parks and plazas display sculptures by Chagall, Picasso, Calder, DuBufett, Miro, and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.
Chicago is truly affordable for a city of its size and scope. For information on events, nightlife, restaurants, music, theater, and more, check out these websites: