Situated in north-eastern Illinois, Chicago, or the 'Windy City' as it's commonly known, extends for 40 kilometres (26 miles) along the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan. This near-water situation was instrumental in Chicago's birth as the location was a key point on an inland water route that enabled Chicago to become an important part of America's westward expansion.
Chicago is the epitome of big city America: a sophisticated, and powerful city of 10 million with a wealth of attractions that truly scale the heights. Also known as America's 'Second City,' Chicago is one of America's great touring cities. People come to Chicago to marvel at the sight of America's largest and oldest skyscrapers, to indulge in its burgeoning dining and entertainment scene; find retail therapy on the Magnificent Mile, listen to live jazz and blues, absorb the festival atmosphere or take in the best of the arts and culture.
To Americans and the world, Chicago means business: its awe-inspiring skyline - romanticized in poetry, song, TV, and film and fully appreciated from Sears' Skydeck observatory - has come to symbolize the virtues of hard work and enterprise.
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Nowadays, Chicago is a cosmopolitan, elegant and sophisticated city, one of the most quintessentially American cities in the United States' crown. Exciting, creative and synonymous with music and the arts, Chicago is one of the most popular cities in the United States.
Sports-mad Chicagoans are at their most vocal watching their beloved Cubs playing baseball at Wrigley Field, the Footballers of the Bears and the world-famous basketball stars of the Bulls.