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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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Chicago Harbor, Looking North with Michigan Avenue in the Background on the Left
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island and Pacific Railway in the N.E. 1/4, N. W, 1/4  and S.W. 1/4, Section 34, TP. 6N., R 7W. In Indian Territory[2 copies]
Chicago Harbor
Boats in Chicago Harbor
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago Kansas and Nebraska Railway, In the East Half of Section 28 TP. 10N R. 7W., Indian Territory
Schooner in Chicago Harbor
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island, and Pacific Railway in Section 27 T. 7N. R. 7W. In Indian Territory
Map Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island and Pacific Railway in Section 19, 20, and 29, TP. 6S R. 7W. In the Indian Territory
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island, and Pacific Railway in the S. 1/2 of Section 33, TP. 7S., R. 7W. In the Indian Territory
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island, and Pacific Railway in Section 20, TP. 2S., R. 7W. In the Indian Territory
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island and Pacific Railway in the S. 1/2 of Section 31. Tp. 3S., R. 7W. And in the N 1/2 if Section 6 TP. 4S., R. 7W. In the Indian Territory
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock-Island, and Pacific Railway in Section 17, TP.  2N. R. 7W. In the Indian Territory
Amended Plat of Station Grounds of Chicago, Rock-Island, and Pacific Railway at Chickasha, Indian Territory
Plat Showing Station Grounds Required by Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway
Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway (Sec. 7 & 12)
Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway (Sections 8 and 9)
Station Grounds Required by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway (Sec. 22 & 27)
Photograph of a Baseball Game between Boston and Chicago at South Side Park in Chicago, Illinois

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Master File Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Map Showing Amended Definite Location No. 3 of the Spur through Coalgate and Phillips, Choctaw Nation, Ind. Terr.
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Map Showing Additional Grounds Required for Spur Track at Howe, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Map Showing the Additional Grounds Required at Stuart, Choctaw Nation, Ind. Terr.
The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co. Map Showing Additional Lands Required in the . . . Indian Meridian, in the Indian Territory
Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and youth volunteers unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving famil... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Christmas Ship 2011

Christmas Ship 2011

LAKE MICHIGAN - Coast Guard Cmdr. Mary-Ellen Durley, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, and Merchant Marine Capt. George Lisner, a member of the Chicago Christmas Ship executive committee, throw a ... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The C... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago, while... More

Christmas Ship 2011

Christmas Ship 2011

LAKE MICHIGAN - Coast Guard Lt. George MacDonnell, executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, and Cmdr. Mary-Ellen Durley, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, stand with Merchant Marine Capt. Ge... More

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Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Scene on State Street, Chicago, Illinois

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Scene on State ...

Photographer: C.P.I., Wash. D.C. Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago receives Armistice News. Thousands of motor cars paraded, filled with shouting thousands, along the boulevards and main business streets of the city, as the word of the ending of hostilities came out

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago receive...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

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American Red Cross - Soliciting Funds - Entertainments - Rubber Conservation Campaign, Chicago, Ill. Elephant does hit bit in getting tires for the Red Cross Junk Tire Pole

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Photographer: International Film Service American Red Cross - Soliciting Funds - Entertainments

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Demobilization - Miscellaneous - Chicago boys back on Sierra. Boys of 331st , 332nd, 333rd Black Hawk Machine Gun. Bn. Returned on Sierra

Demobilization - Miscellaneous - Chicago boys back on Sierra. Boys of ...

Photographer: Western Newspaper Union Demobilization - Miscellaneous

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Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve - Boys' Working Reserve Parade. Chicago, Ill

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Photographer: Chicago Tribune Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve

Commissions - Italy - Italian Commission in Chicago, Illinois. Italian Commission surrounded by enthusiastic thousands making their way through Chicago's streets shortly after arrival.  Photo shows scene on Michigan Boulevard
American Red Cross - Refreshments - Red Cross workers greet overseas men. On their arrival in Chicago, the "Blackhawks" were treated to coffee and sandwiches

American Red Cross - Refreshments - Red Cross workers greet overseas m...

Photographer: International Film Service American Red Cross - Refreshments

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - Students' Army Training Corps drilling in the stadium

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Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago Armistice Celebration. Thousands sprang into the streets in Chicago immediately upon hearing of the signing of the armistice and stopped traffic half the day

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago Armisti...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

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Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstration in Chicago. Cheering crowd aboard a truck

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Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Fourth Detachment. Showing equipment for gunsmithing

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Date Taken: 1918 Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago

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Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstration in Chicago, Ill. Sign carried by the happy crowd

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Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago receives Armistice news. Main streets were crowded until traffic was forced to stop completely shortly after it was learned hostilities had ceased

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago receive...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

American Red Cross - Miscellaneous - Photo shows "Banjo" Joe Wallace, well known vaudeville artist, teaching a contingent of U.S. Army nurses to play the eukelelie. These nurses from a Chicago, Ill. hospital were preparing themselves for duty abroad. May 20, 1918

American Red Cross - Miscellaneous - Photo shows "Banjo" Joe Wallace, ...

Date Taken: 5/20/1918 Photographer: International Film Service American Red Cross - Miscellaneous

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstrations in Chicago, Ill. General view of the celebrating in the business section

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstra...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

Alien Property Custodian - Property Seized - Alien Property seized by U.S. Government. Eiseman Magneto Co., Chicago, Ill
Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps. Third detachment. An emergency job of steamlifting

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Date Taken: 1918 Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago

American Red Cross - Groups - American Red Cross Personnel. Emergency and Hospitals Committee of the Belfast, (Ireland) branch, who had charge of relief work in Northern Ireland in the Otranto disaster. Left to right: sitting - Mrs. Mary H. Walkington, San Francisco; mrs. Johnny M. Simponton, Orange, N.J.; Mrs. J.C. white, Augusta, GA.; Mrs. Hunter Sharp, Columbus, O.; Mrs. Malcolm Gordon, Paterson, N.J.; Mrs. Francis Dolan, N.Y.; Standing: Mrs. Edith J. Brewster, St. Louis; Mrs. F. McMullen, Belfast, Ireland; Mrs. Florence M. McMullen, Rye, N.Y.; Mrs. Oarline Stewart, Brooklyn; Mrs. Edith Blake Fitchie, Philadelphia; J.F. Cleaver, Belfast; Mrs. Bertha W. Shillington, Charlottestown; mrs. Ann Small Weir, Philadelphia; Mrs. E.W.G. Reid, Chicago

American Red Cross - Groups - American Red Cross Personnel. Emergency ...

Photographer: American Red Cross American Red Cross - Groups

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Second Detachment. Group of men assigned to outdoor job production

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chic...

Date Taken: 1918 Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Second detachment. Showing double garage with concrete floor

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American Red Cross - Soliciting Funds - Entertainments - Rubber Conservation Campaign, Chicago, Ill. Clown soliciting tired for Red Cross junk tire pole

American Red Cross - Soliciting Funds - Entertainments - Rubber Conser...

Photographer: International Film Service American Red Cross - Soliciting Funds - Entertainments

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American Red Cross - N thru W - Captain H.W. Skinner of Chicago is in charge of American Red Cross work in the Liverpool area, comprising a large and important part of Central England

American Red Cross - N thru W - Captain H.W. Skinner of Chicago is in ...

Photographer: American Red Cross American Red Cross - N thru W

Ceremonies - Illinois - Labor Arch at War Exposition, Chicago
Alien Property Custodian - Property Seized - Alien Property seized by U.S. Government. Eiseman Magneto Co., Chicago, Ill
Commissions - Italy - Crowd at home of M.H. McCormick, during the visit of Italian Commission in Chicago, Illinois

Commissions - Italy - Crowd at home of M.H. McCormick, during the visi...

Date Taken: 6/1/1917 Photographer: International Film Service Commissions - Italy

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Third Detachment. Showing truck motors provided by the Government

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Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Third detachment.  Demonstration desk built by the S.A.T.C

Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chic...

Date Taken: 1918 Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago

American Red Cross - Canteens - American soldiers on leave in London, England, get first meal in Red Cross Canteen at Headquarters. In good weather, the canteen is set up in outer courtyard of building, and doughnuts fried over a little portable stove. Women in the picture are: Anna Lansing of Albany, at stove, Lillian Baldwin of Lakewood, N.J., Mrs. Alan Campbell, and Helen Peterson of Chicago; Behind Miss Lansin is Major Marshall Hale, A.R.C. of San Francisco. Not soldier wearing captured German Helmet

American Red Cross - Canteens - American soldiers on leave in London, ...

Photographer: American Red Cross American Red Cross - Canteens

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Alien Property Custodian - Property Seized - Garage, Chicago Branch, Bosch Magneto Co
Alien Property Custodian - Property Seized - General offices, Chicago Branch, Bosch Magneto Co
American Red Cross - N thru W - Nurse killed by gun accident on Mongolia. Miss Helen B. Wood, the Chicago Red Cross nurse who was instantly killed in a gun accident while the gun crew of the armed American liner Mongolia was at target practice at sea. A brass attachment to the powder charge ricocheted after striking the water and instantly killed Miss Wood and Mrs. Edith Ayres

American Red Cross - N thru W - Nurse killed by gun accident on Mongol...

Photographer: Brown Brothers American Red Cross - N thru W

Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve - Boys' Working Reserve Parade. Chicago, Ill

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Photographer: Chicago Tribune Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve

American Red Cross - Miscellaneous - Factory girls of Chicago, Ill. study red Cross and surgical dressing work Saturday evenings after work hours. Teaching is done by women doctors

American Red Cross - Miscellaneous - Factory girls of Chicago, Ill. st...

Photographer: Harry Buch American Red Cross - Miscellaneous

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Chicago Armistice Demonstration. It appeared every motor car in Chicago was on parade immediately after the news of the signing of the armistice was received. Most of them carried shouting bearers of American flags

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Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

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American Red Cross - Refreshments - American Red Cross Activities. "Blackhawks" receiving goodies from Red Cross workers in Chicago, Ill
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Boy's Activities - Junior Naval Reserve - Other Camps - Chicago Boy's Club ends 4th Liberty Loan Drive. The Fife and Drum Corps of the Chicago Boy's Club playing for the 4th Liberty Loan. The boys aided in the previous loan and Red Cross campains

Boy's Activities - Junior Naval Reserve - Other Camps - Chicago Boy's ...

Photographer: Chicago Boy's Club Boy's Activities - Junior Naval Reserve - Other Camps

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstration, Chicago, Ill. One of the strange costumes seen on the streets

Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations - Peace Demonstra...

Photographer: International Film Service Ceremonies - Illinois - Chicago Peace Demonstrations

American Red Cross - Refreshments - American Red Cross Activities. "Blackhawks" arrival in Chicago, Ill

American Red Cross - Refreshments - American Red Cross Activities. "Bl...

Photographer: International Film Service American Red Cross - Refreshments

Alien Property Custodian - Property Seized - General offices, Chicago Branch, Bosch Magneto Co
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Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve - Boys' Working Reserve Parade. Chicago, Ill

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Photographer: Chicago Tribune Boy's Activities - U.S. Working Boy's Reserve

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Colleges and Universities - University of Chicago - University of Chicago. Student Army Training Corps.  Third detachment. Benches made for mess hall

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