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Chicago Airport Shuttles: Some of the Chicago airport shuttle companies that serve ORD are:

Express Air Coach: looking at expressaircoach.com, the busisness was founded in 2004 by a father-son team to provide round trip transportation between Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and Chicago O’Hare Airport. They also offer private chartered rides for groups using a fleet that includes 29 to 56 passenger coaches and 11 passenger vans. The round trips to ORD follow set schedules with frequencies varying from 3 to 5 daily trips depending on Purdue University's in-semester sessions. Trips between Lafayette and O'hare usually take 3 hours. Additionally, they offer transportation between Purdue University Airport and Oakbrook. The pick-up and drop-off point in Oakbrook is Oakbrook Mall in the parking lot outside of Macy's, while the equivalent point at Purdue Airport is in front of the terminal main entrance. As for discount pricing, they offer a $30 fare for airlines personnel.

Omega Shuttle: looking at omegashuttle.com, they provide door-to-door shuttle service from the South Side of Chicago to both Chicago Midway and Chicago O'hare airports. At ORD, pick-ups are curbside of the Bus Shuttle Center at Door 4. Just follow the shuttle signs outside the baggage claim area of your terminal. An example of a South Side fare is University of Chicago to ORD for $35. Children 5 to 7 years ride for $17. Family discounts and group specials are available and you get a free eleventh trip after ten paid tickets.

Green Airport Shuttle: looking at greenairportshuttle.com, they provide both ORD and MDW shared ride and private airport shuttle for the western suburb areas of Chicago including Aurora, Naperville, and Plainfield. Rates to O'hare start at $30 for cities like Woodrige, Downer's Grove, and Lemont, while DeKalb, Cortland, and Sugar Grove will cost you $45. Additional passengers up to five passengers are $5. They also provide regular shuttle to all hotels chains in Western Chicago. Additionally, as part of their green environmental initiative they encourage O'hare employees to use their service 4 times a week by providing a $4 one way rate. Their vehicles are equipped with free Wifi.



Chicago O'hare International Airport(ORD): There are two airports in Chicago. Midway International Airport located on the south side of the city is the second largest in the state of IIlinois. The airports serves mainly low budget carrier Southwest Airline. The other major operators are AirTran Airways and Delta Airlines. The main and major airport serving the city of Chicago and the state is the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

O'Hare International Airport is located 17 miles northwest of downtown. It is operated by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. It is the primary airport of the city serving domestic and international carriers. In 2009, the airport handled more than 60 million travelers.

The airports houses 4 passengers terminals: 1,2,3, and 5, with the total of 182 gates and nine concourses. The airports serves as hub for United airlines and American Airlines. In 2009, it is chosen as the best airport in North America by the Global Traveler Award.

Chicago O'hare International Airport Details:

Chicago O’Hare International Airport Contact:
Address: 10000 West O'Hare Chicago, Illinois 60666
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 66142 Chicago, IL 60666
Tel: 773-686-3700
Fax: 773-686-3573
Email: aviation@Ohare.com

ORD Airport History: The site was originally used for the Douglas assembly manufacturing plant in world war two. In 1945 the committee selected by the mayor, chose this Orchard field site as the city’s airport because of its proximity to the city and transportation. In 1949 the Chicago City Council renamed Orchard Field as Chicago-O’Hare International Airport to honor naval aviator Lt. Cmdr. Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare, a Medal of Honor recipient from Chicago who died in World War II.

The first commercial flight took place in 1955 but the international terminal and flight was inaugurated in 1958. The O’Hare area was expanded to 7,200 acres in 1959 and the airport underwent expansion which included additional terminal and cargo buildings, airplane hangars, automobile parking, a post office, flight kitchens and rental car facilities. The main terminal building and the 5,000 lots for car parking were completed in 1961. Then Chicago Aviation moved all the scheduled Midway Airport operations were transferred to O’Hare. By the end of 1962, O’Hare was the World’s busiest airport with the record of serving 10 million passengers.

The O’Hare $ 2 billions expansion program was sanctioned in 1983. In 1986 the airport served 50 million passengers and the number reached 60 million in 1990. The world class International Terminal 5 opened in 1993, establishing Chicago as the premier mid-continent international gateway and connecting hub.

Location and Driving Directions: The O’Hare airport should be accessed via I-90. From downtown Chicago, follow I-90/94 northwest, continue on I-90 when I-94 splits off, then follow I-190 into the airport, which splits eventually into arrival (lower-level) and departure (upper-level) roadways serving Terminals 1, 2, and 3 in turn. For Terminal 5, exit on Bessie Coleman Drive.



Chicago O'hare other means of Airport Ground Transportation: O’Hare International Airport is accessible via local mass transit lines, regional trains and buses, downtown and suburban shuttles and interstate highways. Most ground transportation access areas are located at the main entrance for each terminal.

Chicago O'hare Airport Parking: Disabled facilities are available in all airport parking areas. For more information call : 773-894-8090.The parking options are as follow:

Kiss N Fly Drop Off Area: Kiss n Fly is the program launched by O’Hare airport to free the travelers from the hassle of parking. Passengers can be dropped of in Drop Off area which is located directly off Bessie Coleman Drive. ATS will be provided to transfers the passenger to airport.

Hourly Parking: This option is available at Parking Garage (Lot A) Level 1. It is designed for meet and greet purpose only and it is not recommended to park more than three hours. This lot is very near to Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Rates are:
- First 10 minutes $0.00
- 1 hour or less $2.00
- 2 hours or less $4.00
- 3 hours or less $4.00
- 4 hours or less $10.00
- 5 hours or less $27.00
- 6 hours or less $32.00
- 7 hours or less $37.00
- 8 hours or less $42.00
- 9 hours or less $47.00
- Over 9 to 24 hours $51.00

Daily Parking: Daily Parking lot is located at Parking Garage (Lot A) Level 2 – 5 and Lot B & C. These lots also offers easy access to Terminal 1, 2 and 3.Rates are:
- First 10 minutes $0.00
- 1 hour or less $2.00
- 2 hours or less $4.00
- 3 hours or less $4.00
- 4 hours or less $10.00
- 5 hours or less $12.00
- 6 hours or less $14.00
- 7 hours or less $17.00
- 8 hours or less $19.00
- 9 hours or less $21.00
- 10 hours or less $23.00
- 11 hours or less $25.00
- Over 11 to 24 hours $31.00

Short Term Parking: Lot D is designated for travelers going through International Terminal. It is intended for parking three hours or less. Rates are:
- 1 hour or less $2.00
- 2 hours or less $6.00
- 3 hours or less $8.00
- 4 hours or less $10.00
- 5 hours or less $12.00
- 6 hours or less $14.00
- 7 hours or less $17.00
- 8 hours or less $19.00
- 9 hours or less $21.00
- 10  hours or less $26.00
- 11  hours or less $31.00
- 12  hours or less $36.00
- 13  hours or less $41.00
- Over 13 to 24 hours $51.00

Economy Parking Lot E: This lot offers the cheapest option for long term parking. It is available at Lot E, F and G. Lot G is temporarily closed. Lot E is connected to terminals through ATS and Shuttle busses. Travelers should notice additional travelling time from Lot E to terminal is around 30 minutes. Lot F is served by shuttle bus. Travelling time from Lot F to terminal takes 45 minutes.

Rates for Lot E are:
- 1 hour or less $2.00
- 2 hours or less $4.00
- 3 hours or less $5.00
- 4 hours or less $6.00
- 5 hours or less $8.00
- 6 hours or less $9.00
- 7 hours or less $10.00
- 8 hours or less $11.00
- 9 hours or less $12.00
- Over 9 to 24 hours $17.00

Rates for Lot F are:
- 1 hour or less $2.00
- 2 hours or less $4.00
- 3 hours or less $5.00
- 4 hours or less $6.00
- 5 hours or less $8.00
- Over 5 to 24 hours $9.00

Valet Parking: Valet Parking the convenience to just drop the car and have it parked, it is only a short distance from the terminals. Rates are:
- First 10 minutes $0.00
- 1 hour or less $10.00
- 2 hours or less $17.00
- 3 hours or less $21.00
- 4 hours or less $26.00
- 5 hours or less $27.00
- 6 hours or less $28.00
- 7 hours or less $29.00
- 8 hours or less $31.00
- Over 8 to 24 hours $46.00



Chicago O'hare Airport Hotels:

The only hotel that is located in airport ground is The Hilton O’Hare Chicago Hotel. The hotel is located in Terminal 2 and is within walking distance to all O'Hare Airport's domestic terminals. The hotel boasts on the comfort, conveniences and the modern services, such as diverse dining options, Convention center, theatre, “enviro” room design, theatre room, business center, athletic club, wifi and etc.

For more information contact: The Hilton O’Hare Chicago Hotel
O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, United States 60666
Tel: 1-773-686-8000   Fax: 1-773-601-2873

There are more hotel options near the airport, and most hotels provide transfers to /from airport. Some hotels are listed below:
- Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare, 6155 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 696-4400, toll free (866) 614-8410
- Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel, 5440 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 671-6350
- Doubletree Hotel Chicago O'Hare Airport, 5460 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 292-9100
- The Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, 5300 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 544-5300
- Best Western at O'Hare, 10300 West Higgins Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 296-4471
- Comfort Inn O'Hare, 2175 East Touhy Avenue Des Plaines, IL 60018, (847) 635-1300
- Courtyard Chicago O'Hare, 2950 South River Road Des Plaines, IL 60018, (847) 824-7000
- DoubleTree Hotel O’Hare-Rosemont, 5460 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 292-9100
- Four Points By Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport, 10249 West Irving Park Road Schiller Park, IL 60176, (847) 671-6000
- Holiday Inn and Suites Chicago-O'Hare/Rosemont?, 10233 West Higgins Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 954-8600
- Radisson Hotel Chicago O'Hare, 1450 East Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018, (847) 296-8866? - Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, 6600 Mannheim Road Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 827-5131



Airport Terminal Information: The O’Hare houses terminal 1,2, 3 which handle domestic traffics and some international departures, and terminal 5 which handle all international arrivals and international departure that are not covered by terminal 1-3.

To move around the airport, the airport provides O’Hare Airport Transport System (ATS), an automated people mover that connects all terminals and a remote parking lot.

The airport offered wide range of airport services and facilities from eating, shopping, disabled facilities, business services, money exchange and much more.

Terminal 1: Terminal 1 is laid out in levels as below:
- Pedestrian Tunnel level.
- Lower Level Roadway used for ground transportation curb. Airport express, rental cars, taxi, charter buses, suburban & reserved taxis, reserved limos are available.
- Lower Level used for baggage claim and ground transportation. - Airport Transit Station and bridge.
- Upper Level Roadway.
- Upper Level for Departures (check in desks & ticketing). This level will lead to Concourse B and Concourse C after a walkway.

Concourse B contained gates B1 to B8 on the left and B9 to B 22 on the right. Concourse C contained gates C1 to C12, C15, C16-C16A on the left and C18-C18A, C19-C32 on the right.

Terminal 1 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 1:
- All Nippon, (800)-235-9262, www.ana.co.jp
- Lufthansa, (800)-645-3880, www.lufthansa.com
- Skywest Airline, (800)-645-3880, www.skywest.com
- United Airlines/United Express, (800)-645-3880 (domestic) & (800)-538-2929 (International), www.united.com

Terminal 1 Shops:
- Barbara’s Bookstore
- Brookstone
- Liberty Duty Free
- Field Museum Store
- Hoypoloi
- Hudson News and Gift
- In-Motion Entertainment
- Mont Blanc
- Oakley
- Shoe Hospital
- Sun Glass Hut

Terminal 1 Restaurants:
- Auntie Anne’s
- Berghoff Café
- Brioche Doree
- Café Zoot
- Chicago Style Hot Dogs
- Chili’s
- CIAO
- Galileo’s
- Garrett Popcorn
- Great American Bagel
- Jamba Juice
- La Tapenade Mediterranian Café
- Manchu’s Wok
- Mc Donald’s
- Nuts on Clark
- Quick Connection
- Quiznos
- Reggio’s Pizza
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
- Salad Works
- Smoothie King
- Tuscany
- The Groove
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat
- Wolfgang Puck

Terminal 1 Facilities:

- ATMs
- Foreign Currency Exchange
- Luggage Carts
- Telephones, Information Kiosks and TTY Phones

Terminal 2: Terminal 2 is laid out in levels as below:
- Pedestrian Tunnel level.
- Lower Level Roadway is used for ground transportation curb. Airport express, rental cars, taxi, charter buses, suburban & reserved taxis, reserved limos are available.
- Lower Level is used for baggage claim and ground transportation.
- Airport Transit Station and bridge.
- Upper Level Roadway.
- Upper Level – Departures (check in desks & ticketing). This level will lead to Concourse E and Concourse F that form Y/- shape gateway.
- Mezzanine Level

Concourse E has 16 gates on the right side : Gate E1, E1A, E2, E2A, E3-E4, E6-E15. Concourse F contains Gate F1 – F14 with gate F11A, F11B and F11C on the lower level.

Terminal 2 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 2:
- Air Canada, 888-247-2262, www.aircanada.com
- Continental/Continental Express, 800-525-0280, www.continental.com
- Jet Blue Airways, 800-538-2583, www.jetblue.com
- Delta Airlines, (800) 221–1212, www.delta.com
- United Airlines/United Express, (800) 241–6522, www.united.com
- US Airways/US Airways Express, (800) 428–4322, www.usaairways.com

Terminal 2 Shops:
- Barbara’s Bookstore
- Brookstone
- Children's Museum/ Kids on the Fly
- Liberty Duty Free
- Hudson News and Gift
- Shoe Hospital
- Sun Glass Hut
- Techshowcase

Terminal 2 Restaurants:
- Auntie Anne’s
- Chili’s
- CIBO Gourmet Market
- Grab and Go
- Hotdog Express
- Mc Donald’s
- Nuts on Clark
- Pizzeria UNO
- Quick Connection
- Quiznos

Terminal 2 Facilities:

- ATMs
- Luggage Carts
- Telephones, Information Kiosks and TTY Phones
- Family Restroom
- Travelers and Immigrants Aid
- UIC Medical Center

Terminal 3: Terminal 3 is laid out in levels as below:
- Pedestrian Tunnel level
- Lower Level Roadway is used for ground transportation curb. Airport express, rental cars, taxi, charter buses, suburban & reserved taxis, reserved limos are available.
- Lower Level is used for baggage claim and ground transportation Airport Transit Station and bridge.
- Upper Level Roadway.
- Upper Level for Departures (check in desks & ticketing).

- Upper Level houses are :Rotunda structure on the right which connects to terminal 2. Concourse G with 26 gates : Gate G1 – Gate G21, with gate G13, G14-G14A, G15, G17 on the lower level. Concourse H and concourse K in Y shape structure. Concourse H has 19 gates: gate H1 – gate H18. Concourse K has 22 gates: gate K1 – gate K20. Concourse L is located at the left with 11 gates : gate L1 – L10.

Terminal 3 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 3:
- Air Choice One, (866) 435–9847, www.airchoiceone.com
- Alaska Airline, (800) 252–7522, www.alaskaair.com
- American Airlines, (800) 433–7300, www.aa.com
- American Eagle, (800) 433–7300, www.aa.com
- Delta/Delta Connection (Comair), (800) 221–1212, www.delta.com
- Iberia, (800) 772–4642, www.iberia.com
- Spirit Airlines, (800) 772–7117, www.spiritair.com

Terminal 3 Shops:
- Barbara’s Bookstore
- Brookstone
- Liberty Duty Free
- Field Museum Store
- Harley Davidson
- Hudson News and Gift
- In_Motion Pictures
- Landau Jewelers
- Mont Blanc
- Oakley
- Shoe Hospital
- Sun Glass Hut
- Talie

Terminal 3 Restaurants:
- Argo Tea
- B.J. Market
- Brioche Doree
- Burrito’s Beach
- Chili’s
- CIBO Gourmet Market
- Cinnabon
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Garrett Popcorn
- Gold Coast Dogs
- Grab and Go
- Great American Bagel
- Macaroni Grill
- Mc Donald’s
- Nuts on Clark
- Pizzeria UNO
- Reggio’s Pizza
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
- Rush Street
- Skyscrapers
- Wolfgang Puck

Terminal 3 Facilities:

- ATMs
- Foreign Currency Exchange
- Luggage Carts
- Telephones, Information Kiosks and TTY Phones
- Family Restroom

International Terminal 5: The Upper Level for Departures with its ticket counters, check-in counters, and concession court in the middle and Airline lounges surrounding it. (e) The M Concourse surrounds the main terminal and extends to the right with gates M1 to M7, in the center with gates M8 to M11 and to the left with gates M2 to M21. Terminal 5 is not connected to the other terminals. Airline lounges can be found for (from right to left of the semi-circle): Korean Air, JAL, & Aer Lingus are to the right of the concession court, while Air France is near gate M7; Swiss and Worldwide VIP are passed security check, center; British Airways & Alitalia are to the left of the concession court, and SAS Business Lounge is near gate M13.

International Terminal 5 is laid out in levels as below:
- Lower Level Roadway is used for ground transportation curb. Airport express, rental cars, taxi, charter buses, suburban & reserved taxis, reserved limos are available.
- Lower Level is used for baggage claim and ground transportation Airport Transit Station and bridge.
- Pedestrian Bridge is used for connecting to International Parking Lot D.
- Upper Level Roadway.
- Upper Level for Departures (check in desks & ticketing).

Upper Level houses : Concession Court, food court and retail shops. Airline Lounges : British Airways Lounges, Alitalia Lounge, SAS Business Lounge, Worldwide VIP Lounge, Aer Lingus Lounge, JAL Lounge, Air France Lounge, Korean Air Lounge. Concourse M contains 21 gates: M1 thru M21.

Terminal 5 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 5:
- Aer Lingus, (800) 474-7424, www.aerlingus
- Aero Mexico, (800) 237-6639, www.aeromexico.com
- Air France, (800) 237-2747, www.airfrance.com
- Air India, (800) 621-8231, www.airindia.in
- Alitalia, (800) 223-5730, www.alitaliausa.com
- All Nippon Airways, (800) 235-9262, www.ana.co.jp
- American Airlines, (800) 433-7300, www.aa.com - Asiana, (800) 227-4262, www.flyasiana.com
- British airways, (800) 247-9297, www.britishairways.com
- Cayman Airways, (800) 422-9626, www.caymanairways.com
- Etihad Airways, (888) 8-ETIHAD, www.etihadairways.com
- Iberia, (800) 772-4642, www.iberia.com
- Japan Airlines, (800) 525-3663, ww.jal.co.jp
- KLM Royal Dutch, (800) 225-2525, www.klm.com
- Korean Air, (800) 438-5000, www.koreanair.com
- LOT Polis, (212) 789-0970, www.lot.com
- Lufthansa, (800) 645-3880, www.lufthansa.com
- Mexicana, (800) 531-7921, www.mexicana.com
- Royal Jordanian, (800) 223-0470, www.rj.com
- Scandanavian Airlines SAS, (800) 221-2350, www.flysas.com
- Swiss, (877) 359-7947, www.swiss.com
- TACA, (800) 400-TACA, www.grupotaca.com
- Turkish Airlines, (800) 874-8875, www.turkishairlines.com
- United Airlines, (800) 538-2929 (International), www.united.com
- USA 3000, (877) 872-3000, www.usa3000airlines.com
- Virgin Atlantic Airways, (800) 821-5438, www.virginatlantic.com

Terminal 5 Shops:
- Chicago Duty Free
- Chicago News & Gifts
- Children's Museum/ Play it Safe Exhibit
- Mindworks

Terminal 5 Restaurants:
- Gold Coast Dogs
- Graystone Coffee
- Haagen Dazs Ice Cream
- Lou Mitchell's Express
- Mc Donald’s
- Pizzeria UNO
- Windy City Yoghurt

Terminal 5 Facilities:

- ATMs
- Foreign Currency Exchange
- Luggage Carts
- Telephones, Information Kiosks and TTY Phones

Travelers Aid: The travelers aid office in terminal 2 provides information, directions and special assistance to travelers. Information booths are also available at various locations in the airport. For more information contact  (773)-894-2427.

Lost and Found: For properties that is lost or left :
- In the aircraft, passengers should contact the airline immediately.
- In public areas of the terminal, contact the Chicago Police at (773) 686-2385.
- Contact TSA at (773) 377-1210 for items left at screening locations only.
- Administrative Offices are located in Terminal 2 Mezzanine between checkpoints 4A and 5. Entrance is via the stairs/elevator by Checkpoint 4A.
- On the Airport Transit System, contact (OATS) at (773) 601-1817.
- In the parking facilities, contact Standard Parking at (773) 686-7532.
- In a food service location, call (773) 686-6148.

Wireless Internet: Wireless Internet is available for $ 6.95 per 24 hour, $9.95 a month for unlimited wifi access using a Bongo Account.

Virtual Concierge Kiosks: These touch screen kiosks provides hotel, transportation and airport information in eight languages including flight status, weather updates. The screen also provides information on Chicago events and attractions. Travelers can also place free phone calls to make a hotel reservation, order a rental car or talk with an airport Customer Service Representative. These kiosks are available in baggage claim areas.

Kids Play Area: The airport offers fun for children while waiting for their flights. Kids on The Fly is located in Terminal 2 and Play It Safe is in terminal 5.

Airline Lounges:
- Terminal 1, United Airlines, Red Carpet Club
- Terminal 2, United Airlines & Star Alliance, Red Carpet Club
- Terminal 2, Northwest, World Club
- Terminal 2, Continental, President’s Club
- Terminal 3, American Airlines, Admiral’s Club (Concourse G)
- Terminal 3, American Airlines, Admiral’s Club & Platinum Service center (Concourse H)
- Terminal 3, American Airlines, Flagship Lounge (Concourse K)
- Terminal 3, Delta Airlines, Delta Crown Room - Terminal 5, SAS, SAS Business Lounge
- Terminal 5, Alitalia, Alitalia Lounge
- Terminal 5, British Airways, British Airways Lounge & Worldwide VIP Lounge
- Terminal 5, Swiss Airlines, Swiss Lounge
- Terminal 5, Aer Lingus, AerLingus Lounge
- Terminal 5, Japan Airlines, JAL Lounge
- Terminal 5, Air France, Air France Lounge
- Terminal 5, Korean Air, Korean Air Lounge



City of Chicago: The “Windy City” of Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. It is located in the state of Illinois. The city is govern by the Mayor and City Council. The nickname’s origin is unknown but the city’s landscape, the streets and the buildings on the grid system, create wind tunnels in high density areas.

Tourism is an important sector in the economy of Chicago. The most well known tourist attraction is “The Magnificent Mile”- It is a part of Michigan Avenue, is the paradise of the shoppers. It is lined up with world’s leading retail stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s; the finest and luxury boutiques such as Channel, Cartier, YSL, Prada, Givency, etc. In addition, grant and luxurious hotels restaurants also occupy the site to cater the tourists.

The Magnificent Mile has seasonal events that attract and interest more visitors to come to Chicago. The events are different each time and for forty years, all the trees will be lit up to mark the start the holiday season.

Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, east of Chicago’s downtown is the landmark of Chicago and is visited by more than 8,5 million people annually. It features entertainment, shopping, dining cruises and events. There are more than 50 acres parks, promenades, shops, gardens, restaurants and attraction. It is a family oriented place where children and adults can enjoy the park and the rides.

Visiting the museums is also one of the attractions in the city. Museum Campus is the site for Field Museum (famous for “Sue” the T-Rex), Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The shed Aquarium. Other museums that attract visitors are Chicago History Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Children’s Museum and many more.

Chicago is also considered the convention destination most of which are held at McCormick Place.

City of Chicago History: The area of Chicago city was first inhabited by American Indians called “Potawatomis”.In 1770s, Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable from Saint Dominique married a Potawatomis woman and built the first permanent settlement. In 1803, US Army built Fort Dearborn and it was destroyed during battle in 1812. The Potawatomis ceded the land to US after losing in the battle. In 1837, the City of Chicago was incorporated.

The great Chicago fire in 1871 killed hundreds and destroyed a third of Chicago, including the business districts. After the fire, in the 19th century, the rapid development began. The Illinois and Michigan canal was finished through the old Indian portage. Chicago's first elevated lines were completed. The first skyscraper in the world, the Home Insurance Building was built in 1885.

In 1920s, Chicago saw major expansion in the industry, the city was also battling gangsters including the notorious Al Capone. The population of the Chicago increased immensely during the Great Migration from 1910 to 1930. Chicago built its transportation from canals, subways to airports and the city grows and expands and now it is one of the largest and most populous.

City of Chicago Geography: Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois and extends westward on a plain along the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. It has a total area of 228.4 square miles at 578.5 feet above sea level.

City of Chicago Neighborhoods:
Chicago is divided into five main sections :

- Downtown which is the center of business, cultural and financial. The “Loop” is a section of downtown that has many financial institutions, the area is encircled by elevated rail tracks.
- The North side is the densely populated residential and skyscrapers area along the beach front. Lincoln Park and Lincoln Park zoo are also located here.
- In the South side lies the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. The city’s largest parks, Jackson Park and Washington Park are also here.
- The West Side holds the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of the largest collections of tropical plants of any U.S. city and also the famous Harpo Studio that is famous for OPRAH show.
- East Side community area is located 13 miles south Downtown Chicago, between the Calumet River and the Illinois-Indiana state line. The neighborhood has its own park on Lake Michigan, Calumet Park, and its own forest preserve, Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, which neighborhood residents usually call Eggers Woods.

Chicago Climate and Weather: Chicago  has  a  continental  climate with frequently changing weather that brings  temperatures  that  range  from  relatively  warm  in the summer to relatively  cold  in the winter. Temperatures of 96 degrees or higher occur during  summers;  winters  can  register a minimum low of minus 15 degrees. Snowfall  near the lake shore is usually heavy because of cold air movement off  Lake Michigan. Summer thunderstorms are frequently heavy but variable. Parts of the city may receive substantial rainfall while other sectors will have none.

City of Chicago General Information:

City of Chicago Mayor's Office:
- 121 N. Lasalle Street, Room 507, Chicago, IL 60602
- Phone: (312) 744-8045
- Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org

City of Chicago Police Department:
- All Emergencies: CALL 911 (TTY 911)
- Arson Hotline: 773-533-FIRE (773-533-3473)
- Non-Emergencies: 311 ; TTY: 311


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