Incorporated as a city in 1837, Chicago is now the third most populated city in the United States (following New York City and Los Angeles). Sometimes called the “Third Coast” (despite being located in the Midwest, it’s on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, and has a lovely coastline), Chicago’s nicknames include “The Windy City” (no, not because of the strong breezes off the Lake), “The City of Big Shoulders,” and “The Second City” (inferring an inferiority complex that its residents don’t seem to possess), among others.
Chicago is known for many reasons, but its architecture, music scene, comedy alumni, great food options, and the warmth of the folks that live here are among its best features. The cold winters and political corruptions continue to be some of its greatest challenges.
If you are coming to Chicago and plan to get around town using our public transportation system (buses and CTA trains — a.k.a “the El”), you may want to consider getting a CTA pass. These are really worth the cost if you plan on three or more rides daily, since a single ride costs $2.25 (transferring to a second ride is an additional 25-cents). You can check out your options on CTA Passes here, and find out where to purchase them here.
UPDATE (8/3/2011): evidently Chicago is in Vogue!