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Where is Chicago, IL?

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Chicago is a city found in Illinois, The United States Of America. It is located 41.85 latitude and -87.65 longitude and it is situated at elevation 180 meters above sea level.

Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 making it the biggest city in Illinois. It operates on the CDT time zone.

Quick facts

Country The United States Of America
State Illinois
Population 2,695,598
Elevation 180 m over sea level
Time Zone CDT
Longitude -87.650050
Latitude 41.850030

Chicago description

Founded in 1833, Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois; the authentic home of American blues and modern comedy, and a nightlife scene second to none.

As America's railroads moved west, Chicago quickly became the transportation hub for the entire Midwest. For decades the Chicago Stockyards processed the largest herds of cattle and pigs in the United States.

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and home to many iconic sights and sounds. Its picturesque skyline along the Lake Michigan waterfront is one of the most memorable sites in all of North America.

The city contains many world-class museums, miles of beaches and an excellent park system. Dedicated sports fanatics for the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Whitesox pack their stadiums for each and every game throughout the year.

With live theater and shopping venues that rival those found in London, New York City and Los Angeles, millions of annual visitors find plenty of things to do in the wonderful city of Chicago.

chicago FAST FACTS

  • The world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built in Chicago in 1885, using a steel frame construction.
  • Over one-third of its population is concentrated in the lakefront neighborhoods along Lake Michigan.
  • The annual "Taste of Chicago" is the largest food festival in the world.

chicago attractions

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    Renowned as one of the world's finest art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago houses the third largest permanent collection in the U.S.

    With more than 260,000 works of art and artifacts, the Art Institute collects, displays and preserves items from every culture and historical period.

    With exhibits of African and Amerindian art, European painting and sculpture, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Japanese prints and much more, the Chicago Art Institute offers exceptional works to inspire every taste in art.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    The Lincoln Park Zoo is America's most historic and remarkable zoo facility. Lincoln is also one of the country's last remaining free admission zoos.

    Founded in 1868, it now contains a rich variety of animals, including endangered gorillas and chimpanzees, African species and North American wildlife.

    A pioneer and leader in animal care, conservation and management, this model of modern zoo operation is a source of pride for the City of Chicago. Lincoln Park attracts over 3 million visitors yearly from local Illinois cities and communities across the nation and the globe.
  • Buddy Guy's Legends
    On the Chicago blues scene, Buddy Guy's Legends is right at the top. Since its opening in 1989, Buddy Guy's has built and retained its reputation as the nation's finest blues club.

    Famous world artists have performed on its stages, including Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones and ZZ Top. Buddy Guy's is the Crowned King of Chicago electric blues and boasts a 50-year music career.

    Legends is the place in Chicago to experience authentic Blues seven nights a week while eating mouth-watering Cajun soul food , surrounded by an eclectic wealth of blues memorabilia.

    What New Orleans, Louisiana is to the southern blues scene, Chicago brings to the windy northern plains of the American heartland.


Chicago has a population of around 2717534, of which 1318494 (48%) are male and 1399040 (51%) are female. The average age of the inhabitants of Chicago is 35.66, meaning that the average person is below the national median age of 37. For every male, there are approximately 1.06 females, meaning that the population is relatively evenly distributed between males and female(s).

Of Chicago's 2717534 residents, around 2651594 (97.60%) identify as having a single race. Of the population, 1323544 are white (48.70%), 850821 are black/African Americans (31.30%), 7585 are native Americans (0.30%), 162002 are asians (6.00%), 698 are pacific islanders (0.00%), 306944 are other (11.00%).

The median income of households in Chicago is $48522.00, meaning that most of the households are above the poverty threshold for families of three. Of the total population, 11.10% of households reported an annual income of less than $10,000.

Chicago, IL Zipcodes

The city of Chicago has 67 zipcodes recognized by the United States Census Bureau: 60007, 60018, 60068, 60106, 60131, 60176, 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60605, 60606, 60607, 60608, 60609, 60610, 60611, 60612, 60613, 60614, 60615, 60616, 60617, 60618, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60622, 60623, 60624, 60625, 60626, 60628, 60629, 60630, 60631, 60632, 60633, 60634, 60636, 60637, 60638, 60639, 60640, 60641, 60642, 60643, 60644, 60645, 60646, 60647, 60649, 60651, 60652, 60653, 60654, 60655, 60656, 60657, 60659, 60660, 60661, 60706, 60707, 60714, 60804, 60827.

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.