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The thriving city of Chicago now boasts world-class dining, shopping, and interesting architecture. The Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the Aon Center are three of the tallest buildings in America, and there are dozens of examples of early architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. Visitors will find many museums and cultural offerings including the famous Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Chicago is a musical city known as the home of soul, gospel, jazz, and Chicago blues. Restaurants provide cuisine from around the world, but Chicago is especially known for its famous deep dish pizza. Residents take great pride in their major league football, hockey, basketball, and baseball teams.
The city itself is made up of neighborhoods to the north, west, and south. Each neighborhood carries its own distinct charm, including the stately Oak Park, bustling Chinatown, flavorful Greektown, and the attractive Ukrainian village. Many older neighborhoods have been rehabilitated but crowding, crime, and urban sprawl are still issues to contend with. The downtown area, known as the Loop, is the city's main business district and prides itself in a beautiful shoreline and elevated public transit trains.
Chicago, Illinois is located at 41.83 degrees North (latitude) and 87.62 degrees West (longitude).
Brutally hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter, Chicago's temperatures are somewhat moderated by the lakeshore. The Chicago River runs through the heart of downtown and visitors can take a river boat tour during the spring and summer months. Chicago is one of the country's most prominent transportation hubs and is easily accessible by train, bus, or airplane to Midway or O'Hare Field.
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