Wednesday, October 15, 2008

World Wednesday: Chicago

This week's unit is fire safety. Yesterday's lesson (when I post it) is about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That is why today we are studying Chicago.


Chicago is located in Cook County, Illinois on the west shore of Lake Michigan. It is by far, the largest city in Illinois with 2,842,518 (2005) people. It is located in the Central Time zone.

Home to the Sears Tower, currently the tallest building in the US, standing 1454 feet high.

Nicknamed "The Windy City", but not because of its weather. It was given the nickname by an editor for the New York Sun who was tired of the long-winded politicians from Chicago who were often boasting about the World's Columbian Exposition that was being held in Chicago that year (1893).

Speaking of weather, Chicago experiences all four seasons. In the summer, they have relatively high humidity and temperatures that typically range anywhere from 78-92 degrees. Winter brings an average of 38 inches of snow, though some years there is much more and some years much less.

Deep dish pizza began in Chicago.


Navy Pier has something for everyone. There are lots of shops and restaurants, a large ferris wheel, boat tours, miniature golf, Chicago's Children's Museum, performance stages, bike and skate rentals to use on the pier, a movie theater and much more. This is a personal favorite of mine, especially in the early morning to just sit and enjoy the lake and/or to people watch.

The Museum Campus is home to The Field Musuem, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium, the world's largest indoor aquarium.

Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission and is located on the north side of Chicago.

Harold Washington Library Center is the world's largest public library.

Famous people from Chicago
(a very small sampling)

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Jesse Jackson
Barack Obama
Sammy Sosa
Mike Ditka
Bo Diddley
Walt Disney
Steve Carell
Harrison Ford
Oprah Winfrey
Jane Addams (first female American to win Nobel Peace Prize)
Al Capone

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