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Chicago is a big city—the third largest in the United States, in fact—with a Midwestern sensibility that's both friendly and exciting. It is rich in culture and entertainment, with parks, theatres, and fascinating attractions. Although it is a large metropolis, it is comfortable enough for anyone to call home. 


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The first non-Native American to settle in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, who arrived in the 1770s and created the area’s first trading post. In the years since, Chicago has been the scene of many historic events—perhaps most notably the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which drew more than 27.5 million visitors and is considered one of the most significant world’s fairs in history. 


Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to miles of bicycle and walking paths, making it easy to enjoy breathtaking lake and river views. Sports are huge in Chicago. Whether it's major league baseball, basketball, football, or hockey, Chicago sports fans are as loyal as they come. The city features The Magnificent Mile known for its world-class shopping, and restaurants are as close as a stroll down historic Michigan Avenue. The unique sounds of Chicago blues can be heard from every corner of the city. Chicago is a major world financial center, with the second largest central business district in the US. The city is also home to major financial and futures exchanges, including the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Manufacturing, printing, publishing and food processing also play major roles in the city's economy.  

Chicago is home to the world-famous Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and The Field Museum. It has the largest zoo, the largest food festival, the largest contemporary art museum, and the largest convention center. This city is also fast becoming an international center for outdoor public art, showcasing Calder, Miro, Picasso, and Chagall. The architecture of this 130-year-old city runs the gamut from Art Deco to Frank Gehry's amazing outdoor concert venue at Millennium Park.  


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While Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, it is not too far from the second-largest city, Aurora. It is also close to the Wisconsin state capital, Madison.  



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