Chicago Identity Card


Chicago Identity Card

- Location: 3rd largest city in the United States (behind Population: 2,7 million inhabitants (9,7 million with the suburbs). Chicago is the United Area: 606 km² Density Mayor: soul City symbol: the b & oelig1971) (see Chicago history).
- Nicknames: Chicago has had many nicknames throughout its history. In particular "Porcopolis" (because of the slaughterhouses), but it is that of "Windy City" which remained to him.



Chicago, Windy City

Chicago has had many nicknames throughout its history. In particular "Porcopolis" (because of the slaughterhouses), but it is that of "Windy City" which remained to him. Probably because it corresponds well to its climatic situation, with winds coming from the lake sweeping the city.

This n & rsquoci was inaugurated 1 year later, in 1893!
"Windy City" was then a pejorative nickname meaning "which brews the wind" (which canons).
This first meaning nevertheless tends to fade in collective memory.

The different neighborhoods of Chicago

The Loop: located south of the Chicago River, it is the business district, but with all its historic buildings and major attractions, it is also the great tourist district of Chicago.

Magnificent Mile, Near North, Gold Coast and Old Town : north of the Chicago River, a long series of superb buildings and avenues lined with luxury shops. The city's most commercial district. In the northern part, it becomes residential and very chic.


Lincoln Park: Quaint and clean neighborhood on it with beautiful streets lined with pretty, very British houses. In the middle of the residential areas, several lively pockets (Armitage Avenue, Sheffield Avenue, Halsted Street), with small trendy shops, restaurants and places to go out rather chic. This is where the young people and students of DePaul University meet.


- Chicago Cubs ball, marks the entry of Wrigleyville. Another enclave: that of Boystown (between Belmont, Halsted and North Broadway), Chicago's largest LGBT neighborhood.

Bucktown and Wicker Park: west of the Chicago River. Former haunts of artists and immigrants, Bucktown and Wicker Park are now well boboized. Always the same principle, the purely residential districts - the Historic District of Wicker Park aligns the oldest Victorian houses of Chicago - alternate with more animated arteries (Division, Damen and Milwaukee). There are galleries and trendy decoration stores, art magazines and independent rock labels, but also a lot of strollers and good deals to eat or have a drink at not too expensive! Wicker Park is bordered to the south by Ukrainian Village, Today, a rather bourgeois district which received many Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian emigrants at the beginning of the XNUMXth century. While Logan Square, west of Bucktown, is a friendly, gently alternative neighborhood, also in the process of being bobbed.

Bucktown and Wicker Park are crossed for 5 km by what we would call a Green belt, fitted out on an old railway track. On Bloomingdale, the 606 (that's its name) offers a nice walk between Ashland Avenue in the east and North Ridgeway Avenue in the west.

- beyond the river. Once a shabby neighborhood, it has become Chicago's most hype, with the biggest economic and demographic growth. In particular, it welcomes Tech companies: Google, for example, has established its headquarters there for the Midwest. The rehabilitated warehouses now house lofts, chic and conceptual restaurants or trendy bars. Randolph Street, nicknamed "restaurant row", hosts 5 starred restaurants in a few blocks!



South Loop: Grant Park, the Science Museums of Museum Campus, the Prairie Avenue Historic District, Chinatown, Little Italy and Pilsen, A particularly interesting Mexican district because it still has a strong identity, despite the ongoing gentrification. Then fragment of the Black Belt, the disadvantaged district of Bronzeville. Further south still, Hyde Park and the University, a quiet and airy area.






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