Some of these might be pretty basic, but some I didn’t know at all:
Chicago has an estimated 2,896,016 residents and all of “Chicagoland” has nearly 10 million people in three states.
I forget sometimes just how big Chicago really is. I have to remind myself that we live in a major metropolitan city. I know part of that is because Chicago is so familiar to me, but I really do feel like Chicago is just a big small town, I am consistently blown away by the 6 degrees of myself and new friends. We really do all know each other here and I don’t get that feeling in other “big” cities like NYC or LA.
The Lincoln Park Zoo, one of only three major free zoos in the country, is the country’s oldest public zoo.
I didn’t know this one. The country’s oldest public zoo? Wow. I just recently went to the Lincoln Park Zoo and I just can’t handle it. I know zoos are important for educational purposes and such, but it’s just so sad to see those big animals standing there watching while little kids scream at them. I find it completely depressing. Once I went to the zoo in Paris with my mom. That was the place of nightmares. You’d think Paris could do “zoo,” but you’d be wrong.
Our location: 41:50:13N 87:41:06W
Now that would be a great tattoo.
Oh, it would have been if Angelina hadn’t already been too cool to do it. Man, that woman.
At 23.5 miles, Chicago’s Western Avenue is the world’s longest street. It also has more car dealerships than any other street in the city — 62 total.
I did a little searching since that particular article was from 2007. There seems to be discrepancies on this, but hell, Western is still one really long freaking street. This is another one I did not know.
The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.
This is due in great part to Bertha Palmer, one of my favorite lady Chicagoans. She married Potter Palmer (of the Palmer House Hotel) when she was 21 and he was 44. She was a real force and an art lover and collected impressionist paintings which she donated to the Art Institute. My favorite story about Bertha and Potter is this one: upon his death, Potter Palmer would leave his vast sum of money for Bertha’s future husband, when people heard this they asked him why he would do that. His reply? “Because he’ll need it.” Now, I have no idea if that’s true, nor can I find any proof, but it’s a great story.
The Illinois state dance is square dancing.
And…I think we’ll leave it at that.
Do you all have some lesser known Chicago facts?