60. Chicago – The Windy City
Chicago is known as the "Windy City". Some
think this is because of the breeze that
almost constantly. The city is located in the
of Illinois on the shore of one of
Great Lakes, Lake Michigan, which is the fifth
freshwater body in the world. Chicago may also
called the windy city because of the wind
effect created in downtown by many tall buildings.
are an important part of Chicago's history. The
skyscraper in the U.S. was built in the
in 1884. At only 10 stories, it was
for its time. The skycraper was eventually demolished.
is the home of other famous firsts. It
the birthplace of the refrigerated rail car, mail-order
, the car radio, the TV remote control, the
Ferris wheel, the first steel rail road, the
planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago is also
home to the first blood bank and the
drive-in bank. It is also the home to
Lincoln Park Zoo, the oldest public zoo in
U.S. Maybe the windy city should be called
city of firsts.
Chicago is the third most
city in the U.S., after New York City
Los Angeles. A little more than two and
half million people live in the city that
more than 100 neighborhoods. President Barack Obama used
live in Chicago.
Nearly 40 million people visit
every year. Many of them visit the Willis
. Formally known as the Sears Tower, it is
tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It takes
a minute to get up to the 103rd
Skydeck thanks to some of the fastest elevators
the world. From the Skydeck visitors can see
states: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.