10 Fun Facts about Chicago While You Are Stuck Inside


Skydeck Chicago:

The Skydeck at the Willis tower is an absolute staple. On a clear day when you are sky high and 1,450 feet above you can see four states- Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Chicago Skydeck will also give you the most breathtaking views of Chicago and the best experience of the city like you’ve never had before.

Wrigley Field

Built in 1914, it is one of the oldest and most iconic Major League Baseball parks in all of the United States. From 1914-1920 Wrigley Field was formerly called Weeghman Park and Cubs Park from 1920-1926. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it like Wrigley Field does. 

Chicago River

In 1887, the Illinois General Assembly made the choice to reverse the flow of the Chicago River through civil engineering by using the water from Lake Michigan and releasing it into the Mississippi River watershed. Therefore, it makes the Chicago River the only river that flows backwards. 

 As well as being recognized throughout the entire country, the dyeing of Chicago River, emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day started in 1962. The inspiration was formed from pollution-control workers, who used various chemical dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges. Today, the dye has changed from an oil-based product to a more environmentally friendly powdered vegetable based dye that only lasts a few hours.  

Third largest City

As of 2019, Chicago remains the nation’s third-largest city with just over 2.7 million residents. With 50 wards, 77 community areas and 100 neighborhoods, Chicago can’t help but attract people with its vibrant city life.

Field Museum

The one thing that gets the most attention at the Field Museum is the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, named Sue, held in the museum . At the Field Museum you can also discover 4.6 million years of natural history with artifact exhibits, 23 human mummies, and even see working laboratories where you can watch scientists extract DNA. 

Taste of Chicago

As Chicago is a big foodie city, a group of restaurateurs in 1980 approached the Mayor of Chicago with the idea of a food festival in July called the Taste of Chicago. It was a huge success with 250,000 attendees to the very first “Taste” with food and beverage sales of $330,000. To this day Chicago is home to the world’s largest free outdoor food festival, the Taste. 

Chicago Visitors

There is many reasons to visit Chicago and that may be why 35 million visitors flock to this magnificent city each year. It has everything you could want from a great international city, beautiful buildings, amazing food, the greatest skyline and entertainment with tons of history from art, culture, architecture and technology.

Ferris Wheel

One of Chicago’s most widespread but overlooked cultural contributions you may think is just a building, is instead the Ferris wheel. The world’s first Ferris wheel was invented for Chicago’s Colombian Exposition of 1893.  Over 100 years later, on July 1, 1995, Chicago added to its legacy with a new Ferris Wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier .

Deep Dish Pizza

In 1943, the infamous Deep-dish pizza was invented at the original location of Pizzeria Uno. The pan in which the deep dish is baked gives the pizza it’s characteristically high crust which provides enough space for large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce that every Chicagoan can’t get enough of! 

Home to 552 Parks

With a large city like Chicago, it gives room for beautiful spaces, but who knew that it held 552 parks! The most well known parks include Millenium Park, Lincoln park, Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park and more. In a city filled with so many active people, it gives them so many places to go to and relax in the great outdoors of Chicago.

Written by: Monica Liwag

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