Chicago Travel Guide
Chicago is the city that ushered in America's skyscraper era. It has one of the most distinctive skylines in the world, with some of the tallest buildings in the nation – think Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), the Standard Oil Building (now Aon Center) and the John Hancock Center. It is actually one of the most dynamic cities in America, despite its checkered history dominated by mobsters – the likes of Al Capone – labor union bosses and corrupt politicians who gave the city its moniker, "Windy City" – derived not from any howling gusts of wind, rather from the city's "windbags" of yesteryear. The city, in any case, is bubbling with life, with El trains rattling above the downtown "Loop," a profusion of parks and public art, jazz clubs and upscale shops along its "Magnificent Mile," and ethnically diverse and distinct neighborhoods and restaurant districts – among them the Czech (now Mexican) district of Pilsen, Puerto Rican Paseo Boricua, the Polish Patches, Little Seoul, Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, La Villita, and even an Indian-cum-Pakistani enclave. Ultimately, here is the city of Cloud Gate and the deep-dish pizza, at once reflective and flavorful, where basketball legend Michael Jordan once defied gravity.
Chicago is located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan in northeastern Illinois in the American Midwest.
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