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The City of Chicago

A Global City

In 1893, Chicago announced itself to the world when it hosted the World Columbian Exposition, a major historical event that drew 27.5 million visitors to the city. On the heels of expanded transportation and manufacturing industries, the city’s population increased fiftyfold from 1850-1900, skyrocketing from 30,000 individuals to 1.5 million.

You can still see vestiges of the World Columbian Exposition today in Hyde Park, which is but one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Today, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. It is a hub for trade and commerce, touting a Federal Reserve Bank, world-class museums, and nine Fortune 500 companies in the city and 22 more in the Chicagoland area. Half of all freight and commuter trains in the United States pass through Chicago, and our city boasts one of the world’s busiest airports (O’Hare International), one of the world’s largest public libraries, and the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower—the second tallest building in the U.S. Chicago has grown to become a global city in the last 150 years, which is evidenced by the cultural color that each of its neighborhoods contributes to the city’s rich palette of history and culture. Here, you’ll never have to venture far to find a familiar community or a new experience. Find your new favorite food in Greektown, eat deep dish pizza in Lincoln Park, cheer on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, and listen to soul, jazz, and the blues at venues all across the city.