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|City of Chicago|
|Nickname: “The Windy City”, “The Second City”, “ChiTown”, “The City That Works”|
|Motto: “Urbs in Horto” (“City in a Garden”), “I Will”|
|Coordinates: 41°52′55″N 87°37′40″W / 41.88194, -87.62778|
|Incorporated||March 4, 1837|
|– Mayor||Richard M. Daley (D)|
|– City||237.0 sq mi (606.2 km²)|
|– Land||227.2 sq mi (588.3 km²)|
|Elevation||586 ft (179 m)|
|– City||2,833,321 (US: 3rd)|
|– Density||12,470/sq mi (4,816/km²)|
Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the largest in the Midwest. With a population of nearly 3 million people, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. It is the anchor of the Chicago metropolitan area, commonly called Chicagoland, which has a population of over 9.7 million people in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Rich in history and renowned for its historically-innovative and influential architecture, Chicago is classified as an alpha world city.
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The City of Chicago is almost entirely located in Cook County, with a small portion of O’Hare Airport overlapping into DuPage County, while the metropolitan area extends over several counties. Located at the site of a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837. It rapidly became a major transportation hub, as well as the business, financial, and cultural capital of the Midwest. Since the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, it has been regarded as one of the ten most influential cities in the world. Today, Chicago has Third largest gross metropolitan product in the nation with $442 billion according to 2007 estimates. Chicago has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in the US, due to its high level of diversification.
The name Chicago is the French rendering of the Miami-Illinois name shikaakwa, meaning “wild leek”. Etymologically, the sound /shikaakwa/ in Miami-Illinois literally meant “striped skunk”, and referred to wild leek, or the smell of onions, metaphorically. It was initially applied to the river, and came to denote the site of the present city later. The sound “Chicago” is the result of a French mis-transcription of the original sound.
The outcome of the Great Chicago Fire led to the largest building boom in the history of the nation. In 1885, the first steel-framed high-rise building rose in Chicago ushering in the skyscraper era. Today, Chicago’s skyline is among the world’s tallest and arguably one of the most beautifull. The three tallest bulidings in the city are the Sears Tower (currently the tallest in the Western Hemisphere), the Aon Center (previously the Standard Oil Building), and the John Hancock Center.
Future skyline plans entail the supertall Waterview Tower, Chicago Spire, and Trump International Hotel and Tower. The 60602 zip code was named by Forbes as the hottest zip code in the country with upscale buildings such as The Heritage at Millennium Park (130 N. Garland) leading the way for other buildings such at Waterview Tower, The Legacy and Momo.