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10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHICAGO

By Ibrahim18 | All About Abroad | 7 Sep 2020


1.The world's first skyscraper was built in Chicago.

On October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O'Leary destroyed the city's commercial center completely. The reconstruction of the city of Chicago started shortly after the fire. A group of architects and engineers came together and planned the city again. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney in 1884, the Home Insurance Building was recognized as the world's first skyscraper. This structure is the first to use a steel frame as a carrier element. This 10-storey skyscraper is 55 meters high. In addition, Willis Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the USA and the eighth tallest in the world. The skyscraper, which was completed on May 3, 1973, has a height of 442 meters and 110 floors.

The world's first skyscraper.

2.America's first blood bank is in Chicago.

Although the first blood bank known today was founded by Professor Sergey Yudin at the Moscow Emergency Hospital in 1931, the term "Blood Bank" was used by Bernard Fantus, who founded the Chicago Cook County Hospital Blood Center in 1937. The problem of donating blood to patients in need has been solved with the center. This idiom used by Bernard Fantus has spread all over the world.

America's first blood bank

3.The birthplace of Walt Disney.

Walter Elias Disney, the creator of those beautiful cartoons that embellish our childhood, was born in Chicago. Born in a small house in Hermosa of Flora Disney and Elias Disney, Walt Disney lived here with 3 brothers and 1 sister until the age of 7. Disney's much-changing house is now open to visitors and is regularly hosted by event fans.

Walter Elias Disney

4. Nabisco, the National Biscuit Company, was established here.

The huge factory of Nabisco, the manufacturer of the much loved brands such as Chips Ahoy !, Belvita, Ritz Crackers, Teddy Grahams, Triscuits, Wheat Thins and that famous Oreo, was established in Chicago. It has a 170,000 m2 production facility and the world's largest furnace. It has more than 1,200 employees and produces around 320 million pounds of snacks per year.

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5. The Wrigley Gum Factory is located here.

The Wrigley Company is the world's largest producer and marketer of chewing gum. It was established in Chicago on April 1, 1891. This company, which is affiliated with the Mars company, is the manufacturer of many familiar brands such as Orbit, Skittles, Hubba Bubba.

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6. House Music style originated in Chicago.

Having taken hold of the 70s, Disco lost its popularity in the early 80s. Disco was declared dead and a "Disco Sucks" campaign was launched. People gathered in Komishi Park in Chicago and burned their Disco records. In fact, the Disco music style had turned to its starting point, the underground. After Disco, dance music progressed in Chicago and New York. At that time, the famous "House" appeared in Chicago, with more electronic sounds than vocals. This species originating in Chicago was also called Deep House.

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7. The first car race was held in Chicago.

Yes, that famous car racing was born in Chicago. The Chicago Times-Herald race went down in history as the first automobile race held in the United States. Sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald, the race was held in 1895 between six motor vehicles (four cars, two motorcycles), and the winner was Frank Duryea's Motorized Wagon.

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8. The famous mafia story known as Scarface took place in Chicago.

The reason why Alphonso Gabriel Al Capone, one of the most famous names of the American mafia, is so famous in the mafia community is his work in Chicago. He made quite a lot of money in the alcohol smuggling he carried out during the prohibition period in Chicago. He had one of his men to elect Cicero, a suburb of Chicago, as mayor and legally pursued his illegal business.

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9. Chicago has ethnic neighborhoods.

Chicago consists of approximately 77 districts, many of which have ethnic characteristics. Like the Turkish neighborhoods in Germany, many other countries such as Italian, German, Greek, Chinese and Czech have their own neighborhoods. It is very interesting that the number of Poles living in Chicago is the highest after Warsaw.

10. Chicago is a sports lover city.

Chicago's love for sport is unquestionable! It is a city that has hosted the baseball player De Maggio, the famous artists Oprah Winfrey, John Malkovich, Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi and the unforgettable Jordan.

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