Interesting facts about Chicago

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  1. Chicago was granted city status in 1837. At that time, the population of the town was less than 4 thousand people. Chicago is now one of the largest cities in the United States, home to nearly 3, 000, 000 people. And together with the suburbs - about 9, 000, 000.
  2. The world's first Ferris wheel appeared in Chicago in 1893. The city hosted the World's Fair, which was also called Columbov, since the 400th anniversary of the Discovery of America was celebrated a year earlier. The organizers decided to create something that would overshadow the famous Parisian Eiffel Tower. The young engineer George Ferris suggested building a huge wheel with cabins so that visitors could see the whole city.
  3. In 1871, the city was engulfed in a disaster known as the Great Chicago Fire. The fire raged for three days: from 8 to 10 October. According to the most common version, the culprit of the fire was a cow, which knocked over a kerosene lamp in a barn. More than 200 people died during the fire. The Pyro cow belonged to the O'Leary family. An interesting fact - in 1956, the Chicago Fire Academy was opened on the site of their house.
  4. The University of Chicago opened in 1890. It is currently one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world. 89 of its employees and former students have become laureates of the prestigious Nobel Prize.
  5. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. For a long time, all the sewage from Chicago was dumped into it. At the end of the 19th century, a grandiose project was implemented - the Chicago River was turned in the opposite direction, it now did not flow into Michigan, but flowed out of it. This helped save the lake from environmental disaster.
  6. In 1953, Hugh Hefner began publishing the erotic magazine Playboy in Chicago. The cover of the first issue, which has a circulation of 70, 000 copies, was decorated with a photograph of Marilyn Monroe. The magazine was sold out in a few days, later, besides the USA, it began to be published in dozens of countries around the world. Since 1995, a version in Russian has been released.
  7. One of the most famous Chicago natives is Walt Disney, founder of Walt Disney Productions. But, in Chicago, he did not live long, when the boy was five years old, the family moved to Missouri.
  8. Chicago is one of the most athletic cities in the United States. 16 professional teams are based there. The local basketball club "Chicago Bulls" played for many years the legendary Michael Jordan, who became, according to Forbes magazine, the highest paid athlete in history.
  9. On December 9, 1884, a Chicago resident received a patent for a new model of roller skates. Soon, this method of travel became very popular in the country. The first roller track in Chicago was opened in 1902.
  10. Willis Tower, built in 1974, is one of the ten tallest buildings in the world. The height of the 108-storey building is 442 meters. There are 104 high-speed elevators in the building, and on the 103rd floor there is a balcony made of absolutely transparent glass. Visitors get the impression that they are literally hanging in the air. Entrance to the balcony is paid - thrill-seekers have to pay $ 15.