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Chicago was named after the American Indian word for the wild garlic that grew around Lake Michigan "chicagaoua".



Chicago is home to the world's largest outdoor food festival, "The Taste of Chicago." Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2005, "The Taste" (as it is affectionately known) offers more than 80 different types of food.




Using a celery stick to garnish a Bloody Mary originated in the 1960s at Chicago's Ambassador East Hotel. A celebrity got a Bloody Mary, but no swizzle stick. He grabbed a stalk of celery from the relish tray to stir his Bloody Mary and history was made.



The world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built in Chicago in 1885. Chicago is also home to the nation's tallest building, the Sears Tower.



The Chicago Bears began life in the 1920s as an industrial team sponsored by a starch manufacturer. The Bears play their home games in the newly renovated Soldier Field which played host to the largest crowd ever to watch a football game (Notre Dame vs. Southern California in 1926).





The Chicago flag is a visual reminder of the historical events that shaped the city. The three white stripes represent each geographic region of Chicago: North (top), West (center) and South (bottom). The two blue stripes represent Chicago's bodies of water with the top representing Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River, and the bottom representing the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal. The four red stars represent major events in Chicago history: the battle of Fort Dearborn (first star), the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (second star), the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (third star) and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 (fourth star).


The vacuum cleaner (1869), rollerskate (1884), softball (1887) and zipper (1896) were all invented in Chicago.



Affectionately known as the "City that Works," Chicago engineers went as far as redirecting the flow of the massive Chicago River to reduce pollution into Lake Michigan. The Chicago River is dyed green as part of an annual St. Patrick's Day tradition.



Ike Sewell opened the first Pizzeria Uno® in 1943 and forever changed history by creating Chicago's Original Deep Dish Pizza®.

 

 


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