Thu, Nov 8 – Fri, Nov 9, 2012
The "Windy City" first became a city in 1837, having emerged from
its origins as a backwater swampland mapped in the late 17th century
to become an industrial and economic powerhouse that would solidify
its place in U.S. history.
From 1850 to 1860, shortly after the development of the railroad
and the Illinois/Michigan Canal, Chicago experienced a tremendous
population surge and speculation which led to observations such
as this from a visiting British tourist: "It is a city not in growth,
but in revolution; growth is much too slow a word for the transformation
of a hamlet of log-huts into a Western New York in the space of
a few years." Chicago's population almost tripled during that decade.
The Great Fire in 1871 burned four square miles of the
city responded by replacing the old wooden structures with
brick buildings in the form of banks, businesses,
government agencies, and residential housing. Chicago's
built upward instead of outward for lack of space, and one
was America's first steel-frame skyscraper, the Home
in 1885. Almost 100 years later in 1973, Chicago laid
claim to what
then was the tallest building in the world, Sears Tower
(now called Willis Tower), which stands at 1,450 feet tall.
Chicago is a city rich in history. It is also home to many of the
world's most famous architectural feats and popular retail and tourist
destinations such as "The Magnificent Mile"; the country's largest
exhibit and convention center, McCormick Place; one of the world's
busiest airports, O' Hare International; the Navy Pier lakefront entertainment complex, a
Chicago landmark since 1916; the monumental new Millennium Park;
the second oldest baseball park in the country, Wrigley Field, and
a total population in excess of 2.8 million.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 – Fri, Nov 9, 2012