Chicago, founded in 1833, grew quickly due to its strategic location and the canals that connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Following the Great Fire of 1871, virtually the whole city had to be rebuilt. Some of these new constructions proved to be extraordinary, including the world’s first skyscraper in 1885 and many buildings that now make up the city’s iconic skyline. In 1893, the World’s Columbia Fair, drew an astounding 27.5 million visitors and cemented Chicago’s status as a world-class city. Once mostly dominated by stockyards and the meatpacking industry, Chicago’s economy diversified starting in the 1920’s with the help of a wave of workers who migrated to the city from the South.
Today, Chicago stands as one of the most important business centers in the world. It boasts institutions like the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as well as the second largest labor pool in the U.S. The University of Chicago has produced some of the world’s leading economic theory. Chicago’s main industrial bases are manufacturing, printing and publishing, finance, insurance, and food processing. The area is also home to several exciting internet startup companies like Groupon, Careerbuilder, and Orbitz. In addition, Chicago is a major convention destination, with McCormick place drawing close to 3 million visitors a year. Possibly the most sports-crazed city in the country, Chicago is home to storied professional teams like the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks.
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Chicago & Chicago Suburbs