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Chicago, city, seat of Cook county, northeastern Illinois, U.S. With a population hovering near three million, Chicago is the state’s largest and the country’s third most populous city. In addition, the greater Chicagoland area—which encompasses northeastern Illinois and extends into southeastern Wisconsin and northwestern Indiana—is the country’s third largest metropolitan area and the dominant metropolis of the Midwest.

The city also has about 300 bridges. Chicago is sometimes called the "Windy City". The first non-Native American permanent settler in the area which is now Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable.

Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed.  The name "Chicago" is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa named for the plants common along the Chicago River. Today, Chicago is listed as an alpha+ global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and ranks seventh in the world in the 2012 Global Cities Index. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation, with O'Hare International Airport being the was built in Chicago.

City Attractions:

Millennium Park
Navy Pier

Willis Tower
The Art Institute of Chicago
875 North Michigan Avenue
Skydeck Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Magnificent Mile
Adler Planetarium
Lincoln Park Zoo
Wrigley Field
Buckingham Fountain
Crown Fountain
Brookfield Zoo etc...