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Chicago ( (listen) shih-KAH-goh, locally also shih-KAW-goh), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,693,976 in 2019, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the U.S., while a small portion of the city's O'Hare Airport also extends into DuPage County. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, defined as either the U.S. Census Bureau's Metropolitan Statistical Area (9.4 million people) or the Combined Statistical Area (almost 10 million residents), often called Chicagoland. It constitutes the third most populous urban area in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles.

Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-19th century. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, and by 1900, less than 30 years after the great fire, Chicago was the fifth-largest city in the world. Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles (including the Chicago School of architecture), the development of the City Beautiful Movement, and the steel-framed skyscraper.

Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts, issued by the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is part of the largest and most diverse derivatives market in the world, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures alone. O'Hare International Airport is routinely ranked among the world's top six busiest airports according to tracked data by the Airports Council International. The region also has the largest number of federal highways and is the nation's railroad hub. The Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products (GDP) in the world, generating $689 billion in 2018. The economy of Chicago is diverse, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce. It is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Allstate, Boeing, Caterpillar, Exelon, Kraft Heinz, McDonald's, Mondelez International, Sears, United Airlines Holdings, US Foods, and Walgreens.

Chicago's 58 million tourist visitors in 2018 set a new record, and Chicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for four years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler. The city was ranked first in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global urban quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Grant Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, literature, film, theatre, comedy (especially improvisational comedy), food, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area's many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams.

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DINNER MENU [held by] LAKE HOUSE [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
Map[s] showing progress made in the improvement of the Western [and] Eastern Division[s] of South Park, Chicago, Ill's. 1880 (The improved portion represented in colors)
Parting scene in Romeo and Juliet. Date of Miss Margaret Mather's debut August 28th 1882 at McVicker's Theatre, Chicago
New and correct map of the Great Rock Island route, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway : the passengers favorite route between Chicago and Council Bluffs, Kansas City, Leavenworth, Atchison, Minneapolis, St. Paul and all points east, west, south-west, and north-west
Chicago
Price list; B. Kuppenheimer & Co.; Chicago, Nov. 1, 1899.
Mr. James Bennett; Started in Chicago with 25 cents and today he owns three buildings on the West side of Chicago on Polk Street.
Strip maps of the "Trail to sunset" transcontinental automobile route: Chicago-Los Angeles via Santa Fe Trail
Walter M. Farmer; 186 W. Washington, Main 4153.
Chicagoan, v. 2, no. 6
Chicagoan, v. 2, no. 5
Chicagoan, v. 2, no. 4
Chicagoan, v. 8, no. 3
E. Lewis. Sculptor.
DINNER FOR LORD COLERIDGE,LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF ENGLAND [held by] CITIZENS OF CHICAGO [at] "GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL,[CHICAGO]" (HOTEL)
RAYMOND EXCURSION PARTY [held by] SHERMAN HOUSE [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
BANQUET [held by] COMMERCIAL CLUB OF CHICAGO [at] "CALUMET CLUB,[CHICAGO, IL.]" (CLUB)
Baseball players - Oliver Tebeau, Chicago White Stockings, Old Judge Cigarettes
Baseball players - Charlie Sprague, Chicago White Stockings, Pitcher, Old Judge Cigarettes
L. K. Williams; [Pastor of the Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago.]
H. M. Kingsley; [Church of Good Shepherd, Chicago.]
Reading the Bible in the "storefront" Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Children of family on relief playing, Chicago, Illinois.
Pastor of the Pentecostal Church, Chicago, Illinois.
Meeting of NYA [National Youth Administration] girls with an instructor at the Good Shepherd Community Center, Chicago, Illinois.
Old brown stonehouses now occupied by Negroes in Chicago, Illinois, April 1941.
The bar at Palm Tavern, Negro restaurant on 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, April 1941.
Negro family living in crowded quarters, Chicago, Illinois, April 1941.
Members of the congregation of the "store front" Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, April, 1941.
Back steps of apartments in Negro section of Chicago, Illinois, April 1941.
Kitchen of apartment occupied by Negroes, South Side of Chicago, Illinois, April 1941.
Crowds watching roller-skating exhibition, Chicago, Illinois.
DINNER [held by] PENNSYLVANIA RR [at] New york & Chicago Limited (RR)
DAILY DINNER [held by] SHERMAN HOUSE [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (HOTEL)
LUNCHEON [held by] ? HOTEL [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
COMPLIMENTARY DINNER TO HON.MELVILLE W. FULLER [held by] MR. URI BALCOM [at] "THE RICHELIEU, CHICAGO [ILL]" ([HOTEL])
DINNER [held by] NEW YORK & CHICAGO LIMITED [at] PULLMAN DINING CAR (RR)
19NTH REUNION [held by] THE SOCIETY OF THE CUMBERLAND [at] "GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL,CHICAGO, IL;" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATES TO THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AT CHICAGO [at] "THE THORNDIKE,BOSTON,MASS" ([HOTEL])
Baseball players - Chicago team
Baseball players - Cap Anson, Chicago
TENTH ANNUAL MEETING [held by] HOTELMEN'S MUTUAL BENEFIT ASS'N OF US [at] "PALMER HOUSE, CHICAGO IL" (HOTEL)
Holy Cross Base Ball Team; University of Chicago Base Ball Club.
COMPL. DINNER TO ENGLISH VISITORS [held by] H.V.BEMIS [at] "THE RICHELIEU,CHICAGO, IL." ([HOTEL])
? [held by] (13 CLUB) [at] "THE RICHELIEU,(CHICAGO, IL)"
FIRST ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] HAMILTON CLUB [at] THE AUDITORIUM CHICAGO IL (CLUBHOUSE)
DINNER [held by] AUDITORIUM HOTEL [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
SECOND ANNUAL DINNER [held by] THE TRIBUNE STAFF [at] "(CHICAGO, IL)"
Chicago Base Ball Club, 1896; Pittsburgh Base Ball Club, 1896
Chicago Base Ball Club, 1896; Pittsburgh Base Ball Club, 1896
University of Chicago Baseball Club, 1896; Holy Cross Base Ball Team, 1896
DINNER] [held by] THE FELLOWSHIP CLUB OF CHICAGO [at] "KINSLEY'S, CHICAGO,(ILL)"
Pleasures of Midway Plaisance
LUNCHEON TO GEORGE W. CHILDS [held by] THE DAILY NEWS [at] "THE RICHELIEU, CHICAGO, IL" (REST;)
PULLMAN BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER MENUS [held by] MASSACHUSETT'S DELEGATION TO THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION [at] "B&O RR,CHICAGO, IL." (RR)
ANNUAL BANQET [held by] HAMILTON CLUB [at] "AUDITORIUM, HAMILTON CLUB, CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER (CLUB);)
DINNER [held by] THE SUNSET CLUB [at] "THE GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL-CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
LUNCH [held by] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL [at] [CHICAGO IL?] (HOTEL;)
ALMUERZO [held by] FERROCARRIL PENSILVANIA [at] "EULALIA SPECIAL, NEW YORK A CHICAGO" (RR;)
DINNER TO MEMBERS FROM ABROAD [held by] AMERICAN MEMBERS OF THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN DENTAL CONGRESS [at] "CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL, [CHICAGO.IL?]" (REST;)
DINNER [held by] NEW ENGLAND CLAM BAKE AND RESTAURAN [at] "WORLD'S FAIR GROUNDS, CHICAGO, IL;" (REST;)
DINNER MENU [held by] PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD [at] "THE ADMIRALTY SPECIAL, CHICAGO TO NEW YORK" (RR;)
DINNER  - INAUGURATION OF THE CHICAGO EXPOSITION; [held by] COMMISSAIRE GENERAL MR.G.KRANTZ [FRENCH GOVT] [at] "AUDITORIUM HOTEL ]CHICAGO, IL]" (HOTEL)
CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER [held by] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL [at] CHICAGO ILL; (HOTEL)
ANNIVERSARY BANQUET OF THE GREAT SWAMP FIGHT [held by] SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS IN ILLINOIS [at] "UNION LEAGUE CLUB,CHICAGO, IL." (CLUB)
She bolted with a border to Chicago
EASTER DINNER [held by] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
REUNION OF THE COMMERCIAL CLUBS OF BOSTON, CHICAGO, CINCINNATI AND ST. LOUIS [held by] THE COMMERCIAL CLUBS [at] THE ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL (HOTEL;)
FOURTH OF JULY DINNER MENU [held by] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (HOT;)
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER [held by] THE JACKSON [at] "CHICAGO, IL." (HOTEL)
10TH ANNUAL CHARITY BALL [held by] KNIGHTS TEMPLAR COOK CO. [at] "AUDITORIUM, CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER (AUDITORIUM);)
2ND ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS [at] "THE VICTORIA, CHICAGO, IL" (HOTEL;)
BANQUET,10TH ANNUAL, BIRTHDAY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN [held by] MARQUETTE CLUB [at] "THE AUDITORIUM HOTEL,CHICAGO, IL" (HOTEL;)
BALL [held by] GERMAN AMERICAN CHARITY BALL [at] "THE AUDITORIUM,CHICAGO, IL;" ([REST])
DINNER [held by] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL [at] "(CHICAGO, IL)" (HOTEL;)
BANQUET [held by] NATIONAL DEMOCRATS OF THE MIDDLE STATES [at] "AUDITORIUM, CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER (HALL?);)
North Chicago Rolling Mill Company - Samuel J. Tilden papers
LUNCHEON TO COMMERCIAL CLUBS OF BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND ST. LOUIS [held by] COMMERCIAL CLUB OF CINCINNATI [at]
GOLDEN JUBILEE BANGUET [held by] KEHILATH ANSHE MAYRIV [at] "LAKESIDE CLUB, CHICAGO [IL]" (OTHER (PRIVATE CLUB?))
THANKSGIVING DINNER [held by] HOTEL WINDERMERE [at] "CHICAGO,[IL]" (HOTEL;)
Chicago & Great Northern Railway - Samuel J. Tilden papers
Chicago & Great Western Railway - Samuel J. Tilden papers
Buffalo, Double Page Plate No. 2 [Map bounded by E. Eagle St., Pine St., Chicago St., Exchange St., Main St.]
Buffalo, Plate No. 14 [Map bounded by Chicago St., E. Eagle St., Jefferson St., Hamburg Canal]
CHRISTMAS DINNR [held by] LAKOTA HOTEL [at] CHICAGO [IL] (HOTEL;)
12TH ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] UNION LEAGUE CLUB [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER (CLUB);)
DINNER [held by] NEW ENGLAND DELEGATION OF H.M.M.B.A. [at] CHICAGO BEACH HOTEL (HOTEL;)
8TH REGULAR MEETING [held by] MERCHANTS CLUB OF CHICAGO [at] AUDITORIUM HOTEL (HOT;)
DINNER [held by] PIONEER SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF CHICAGO [at] "TREMONT HOUSE, THE" (HOTEL;)
WEDDING DAY [held by] COOPER-WOLFF [at] "WELLINGTON, THE, CHICAGO, IL" (HOT;)
FIFTH ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] ASS0OCIATED PRESS [at] "GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL, CHICAGO [IL]" (HOTEL;)
FIRST ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] GERMAN-AMERICAN DEMOCRACY OF COOK COUNTY [at] "TREMONT HOUSE, CHICAGO, IL" (HOT;)
One New York
CHRISTMAS DINNER [held by] HOTEL WINDERMERE [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (HOTEL;)
CHRISTMAS DINNER [held by] HOTEL DEL PRADO [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (HOTEL;)
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER [held by] DEL PRADO HOTEL [at] CHICAGO (HOTEL;)
BANQUET IN HONOR OF FERDINAND W. PECK [held by] CITIZENS OF CHICAGO [at] AUDITORIUM HOTEL [CHICAGO IL] (HOTEL)
BANQUET [held by] UNION LEAGUE CLUB [at] "CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER;(CLUB);)
22ND ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] CHICAGO JEWELERS ASSOCIATION [at] "GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL,(CHICAGO, IL)" (HOTEL;)
BANQUET ON 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTEX DAY ("THE FIRST DAY OF PEACE") [held by] HAMILTON CLUB OF CHICAGO [at] "AUDITORIUM, HAMILTON CLUB, CHICAGO, IL" (OTHER (CLUB);)
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