Chicago Fun Facts

All too often we as Chicagoans forget the great history of our fine city. We look at New York and Los Angeles and somehow feel inferior due to our lack of contribution to American history. Some of these facts should help you regain your national pride and help you remember that Chicago truly is America’s best city.

The 4 stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World’s Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.

The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

Among the Field Museum’s most prized jewels is the 5,890-carat Chalmerz topaz, which weighed 10,200 carats in the rough.

Chicago has 29 miles of lake frontage and 15 miles of public beach.

Chicago is home to the world’s largest population of Poles outside of Warsaw.

Chicago is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is one of the last free zoos still in operation.

Chicago’s McCormick Place has the largest amount of exhibit space of any convention center in the country at 2.2 million square feet.

Chicago’s Western Avenue is the world’s longest street.

The Chicago Public Library, the Harold Washington Library, is the world’s largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.

Chicago’s central water filtration plant, located on the lakefront north of Navy Pier, is the largest in the world.

Chicago’s Oceanarium is the world’s largest indoor marine mammal pavilion and doubles the size of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, which is the largest indoor aquarium in the world.

These are just a couple of the many interesting little tid bits from around the city.  If you can think of any that we might have missed go ahead and drop them in the comment box!

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33 Comments

  1. RaptorMan says:

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  2. Allen Nyhuis says:

    Chicago is privileged to have 2 great zoos — the suburban Brookfield Zoo, which is one of the best in the Midwest; and the very nice downtown Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation’s best free zoos. There is also Shedd Aquarium, one of the 3 best aquariums in the nation.

    Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America’s Best Zoos

  3. Jen says:

    Chicago is an amazing city with so much history and depth! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Jenna says:

    You should give us a link to some of the more popular Chicago destinations, I never knew about the stars so thanks for that tidbit of history.

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  16. FutureYaleGraduateOf2018LawSchoolRox says:

    You people are so daaaaam right. Although I haven’t been down to the downtown areas much. I have to study and do work outside, it’s been snowing here at times but when it doesn’t I try to make my way down there, It’s rather exciting and feels new if you know what I mean when I visit it because I can rarely go down with all my homework and tests I have to do, It’s college stuff…. Never really have been a college or study fan so I have to study hard now. I rather it be me missing out on all the shopping than me being a dumb ass for my entire F’n life, So I got straight … lmao :) Now I’m in Yale law school studying to become a lawyer, wanted to since a kid :)

  17. FutureYaleGraduateOf2018LawSchoolRox says:

    Law School really duz roc especially when you pas although it’s extreamly hard and you do have to study so i rly do understand why you have to study and can’t really go like… downtown or to the zoo or anything like that, sorry yo. although it can get better, dont worry just keep studying and you’ll pass and become a lawyer maybe even a judge then can earn money to move on somewhere fasanating to you. Good Luck though…. :)

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  19. FutureYaleGraduateOf2018LawSchoolRox says:

    Yes, I got it and it’s okay no worries about the confusion. Everyone makes mistakes and thanks for the luck I’ll need it. Also I was wondering how you knew so much about being a lawyer and how you knew you had to be a lawyer for some years before a judge… So I came to this upcoming question, Are you a lawyer? Please reply I could use some information for what I have in stored for me if I do pass although this is only if you are the real deal, so then again. Are you the real deal or just a phony?

  20. oopz says:

    I’m the real deal and if you’re wondering why I put up my name as Oopz it’s because of the mistake I did earlier and I just thought it would be cool to have it as so it can be a meaning of something, like your name. So, you have how many years? I’ve been in the job for 4 years. People would usually call me The New Kid since I’ve been working there for 4 years and they’ve been working there for I’m guessing 6 or 7 years… I really don’t get how 4 years is judged as the new kid. I guess since they’ve been working here longer they think I am the one who’s the newest kid on the block, judging by years of career time, if you know what I mean. You said you needed information, information on what? I can’t really cheat on anything because it’s kinda against protocall here at work if that’s what you want.

  21. FurtureYaleGraduateOf2018LawSchoolRox says:

    No, I don’t want to cheat. Of course not never in my life especially now. If I did I wouldn’t learn anything…. Learned that the hard way if you’re wondering. I need information on what’s in for me if I do pass…

  22. Oopz says:

    Nothing that a Yale graduate can’t handle.

  23. FutureYaleGraduateOf2018LawSchoolRox says:

    :) Okay then I’m good.I’m guessing you have to go if not then I have to so thanks and bye…. Good Luck on your cases too

  24. Oopz says:

    Thanks and You have a good one now :P

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