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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with more than 2.8 million residents. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, the Chicago metropolitan area (commonly referred to as Chicagoland) has a population of more than 9.7 million people in three U.S. states, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, and was the third largest metropolitan area in 2000.  Chicago is partitioned by the city into four main sections: Downtown (which contains the Loop), the North Side, the South Side, and the West Side. In the late 1920s sociologists at the University of Chicago subdivided the city into 77 distinct community areas. The boundaries of these areas are more clearly defined than those of the over 210 neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing for better year-by-year comparisons.
Chicago incorporated as a city in 1837 after being founded in 1833 and soon became the transportation, financial and industrial center of the Midwest. Today the city's attractions bring 44.2 million visitors annually.
Chicago became notorious worldwide for its violent gangsters in the 1920s, most notably Al Capone, and for its political corruption in one of the longest tenures of political machinery in the United States. The city has a notable and famous political culture, is a stronghold of the Democratic Party, and has been home to numerous influential politicians, including the first African-American president-elect of the United States, Barack Obama.

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review by . October 12, 2010
In the summer, I visited Chicago on sort of a spontaneous occasion. It was my first time to the midwest on my own, and I was traveling to visit @zellysayz who was interning there. Here are some basic things to know if you are trying to visit Chicago and want to get the most of the city while keeping under a decent budget.       Where to stay: Downtown will be the best place to stay if you are wanting to see the museums, towers, shopping centers and parks. At first glance, …
Quick Tip by . December 31, 2010
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Chicago is one of America's top cosmopolitan cities. This is probably my most favorite Eastern cities while Vegas is my most favorite Western cities. The main reason being they are cities I enjoyed walking around in!
review by . November 27, 2009
Avant-garde city!!!
CHICAGO is most beautiful city in wich i lived. The Downtown is very charming, the sears building is the tallest of the city and one the tallest in the world. Is a pleasure to walk by the Cicero avenue and see all the restaurants and luxury hotels. The malls are huge and everybody can find what you want and city of Chicago has a beautiful view along the lake, make it be one of the most avant-garde in United States of America. Chi-Town is the third largest city in usa, …
Quick Tip by . October 23, 2009
Classic proud history. big bruising underbelly. finance art social. gleaming ethnic cosmopolitan world class. vibrant real people Chicago
review by . December 15, 2008
Only a city a mother could love. Or maybe that's Detroit. Anyway...Chicago can be a mean beast. An ice-storm followed by a Governor selling a Senate seat bookended by a murder and a parking boot on your car.  But it can also be romantic walks along the lake, forever stares off the 95th floor of the Hancock, Old Style lubed Cubs games and enough culture for three lifetimes.  You might need broad shoulders in a town where it's like October all the time, but there's no other place I'd rather …
review by . December 14, 2008
Chicago from Lake Michigan
It's times like these when I wonder why I still live in Chicago. It's brutally cold, I owe $400 in parking tickets, and every time I turn on Fox News I have to hear about our corrupt politics. Yet, I love this city. I love the uniqueness of every neighborhood, the way native Chicagoans will befriend everyone in their local bar, the lakefront, the plethora of ethnic and neighborhood street festivals in the summer, and our whiny accents. Hell, as much as the guy pisses me off, I even love Daley.    &nb …
review by . May 08, 2000
Pros: EVERYTHING     Cons: Pizzaria Uno's     I LOVE CHICAGO.      There. I said it. It ROCKS my world. It's the best vacation I've ever had, and I was only there for three days.      In January of 1999, my best friend Dionne and I went to Chicago. I had to take a test for the Directors Guild of America, and this was the city where it was administered. I am *so* glad that Dee came with me. I think we had the best time …
review by . May 08, 2000
Pros: EVERYTHING     Cons: Pizzaria Uno's     I LOVE CHICAGO.      There. I said it. It ROCKS my world. It's the best vacation I've ever had, and I was only there for three days.      In January of 1999, my best friend Dionne and I went to Chicago. I had to take a test for the Directors Guild of America, and this was the city where it was administered. I am *so* glad that Dee came with me. I think we had the best time …
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