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Fun Facts About Chicago
Chicago. You may know it as the Windy City, or the City of Big Shoulders. The city is synonymous with pizza, comedy, the blues and the Cubbies. No matter how familiar you are with the second city, I bet you didnít know this...
A Well-Read City
After the Chicago fire in 1871, Queen Victoria of England sent books to help restart the library. Today Harold Washington library in Chicago is the largest public library in the world.
All That Jazz
While the words Chicago and the blues go hand-in-hand, you might be surprised to learn that the word ìjazzî was coined in Chicago.
Walt Disney, imaginator extraordinaire, was born in Chicago. Also, Frank Baum wrote a little political satire while living at 1667 N. Humboldt that you may have heard of. Itís called The Wizard of Oz. Among Chicagoís born and bred celebrities youíll find Quincy Jones, Harrison Ford, John and Joan Cusack, Pat Sajak, John Mahoney, Dorothy Hamill, Benny Goodman, Jeremy Piven, and The Smashing Pumpkins. To award those writers, creators and actors, R.S. Owens company in Chicago manufacturers the coveted Oscar statues.
Around the World in a day
Howís this for historical buildings: the Tribune Tower has pieces of Westminster Abbey, the Alamo, Hamlet's castle, the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, Fort Sumter and the Arc de Triomphe embedded in exterior walls.
The Long way Home
Did you know that the longest street in the world is Western Avenue in Chicago?
What else was invented in the Chicago-area you ask? Let me but name a few: the steel frame skyscraper, elevated railways, soap operas, zippers, softballs, the first McDonaldís restaurant, electric iron, cooking range, Twinkie, barbed wire, and the grain reaper.