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    (August 12, 1833- )
    Town of Chicago was incorporated with a population of 350
    Current population about 3,000,000
    Named for Indian term 'Checagou' meaning great or powerful
    Nicknames include 'Chi-Town,' 'Windy City,' 'That Toddlin' Town' and 'The City With the Broad Shoulders'
    Most popular nickname is 'Second City' (named because it was the 2nd most populated United States city after New York City, but has since fallen behind Los Angeles into third place
    It was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire (October 8-9, 1871 - allegedly started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern in a barn).
    As a result of the fire, over 100,000 homes were destroyed.
    The Iroquois Theatre fire killed 602, mostly women and children. The fire doors to the theater pulled out rather than pushed leaving hundreds trapped due to the crushing weight of the panic stricken crowd (December 30, 1903).
    The Eastland excursion boat disaster killed 812 (July 24, 1915)
    Seven mobsters were machine gunned down by Al Capone'smob who posed as cops in 'The St. Valentine's Day Massacre' (February 14, 1929).
    Richard Speck stabbed and strangled eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital (July 14, 1966).
    Riots erupted during the Democratic National Convention, many of the deomstrators were beaten by the Chicago police (August 22-29, 1968). In Mayor Daley made a famous blooper stating 'The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.' (September 9, 1968).
    American Airlines DC-10. lost an engine and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 271 on board and 2 on the ground in the worst single aviation accident in U.S. history (May 25, 1979).
    The Chicago Heat Wave of July, 1995 killed 525.
    It is the home of the busiest airport in the world, O'Hare International Airport.
    It is known for its gangster activity (Al Capone, Sam Giacamo), corrupt judges (Operation Silver Shovel) and questionable elections (dead people voting).
    The Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908.
    The Chicago White Sox became know as the Chicago Black Sox for throwing the World Series (1919).
    The Chicago Bulls let Michael Jordan go.
    Chicago Cub, Sammy Sosa, hit 66 (1998), 63 (1999) and 64 (2001) home runs, but yet true to second city came in second each year.
    The rock group 'Chicago,' formed in Chicago but moved to L.A. and didn't change their name to 'L.A.' (hypocrites).
    It is home to the tallest United States building, the Sears Tower (1974).
    It is the home of the twice threepeat NBA champion Chicago Bulls (1991-93 and 96-98).
    It hosted 'The World's Columbian Exposition' (1893).
    It hosted the 'Century of Progress' (1933-34).
    It is known for deep dish pizza (Chicago style pizza).
    The Chicago Bears won Superbowl XX beating the New England Patriots 46-10 (January 26, 1986).
    'The Blues Brothers,' 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'The Fugitive' were shot here.
    It was the home of the 'Bob Newhart Show.'
    Performers from Chicago include Styx, Earth, Wind & Fire, Liz Phair and the Smashing Pumpkins.
    It is the home of 'Second City Comedy Troupe' and 'Second City TV.'
    Da Bears and Mike Ditka were staples of Saturday Night Live comedy segments.
    Reference: Tim Howard (proud Chicagoan)
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