Following is a Little History of Chicago, our Trip Destination, for your enjoyment to plan some sightseeing or other (physical) activities! Happy trails!
Chicago IL. Known for the invention and advancement of several performing arts, including improvisational comedy, house music, blues, gospel, jazz, and soul, and for its Chicago School and Prairie School architecture. It continues to cultivate a strong tradition of classical music, popular music, dance, and performing arts, rooted in Western civilization, as well as other traditions carried forward by its African-American, Asian-American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American citizens.
Home to Chicago is one of 13 metropolitan areas that have major league baseball, football, basketball, and hockey teams. All four sports play their games within the city limits. Chicago has two baseball teams. Only Chicago has had the same two teams since the American League was established in 1901.
The Chicago White Sox of the American League, who won the World Series in 2005, play at U.S. Cellular Field, located on the city’s South Side in the Armour Square neighborhood.
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs of the National League play at Wrigley Field, which is located in the North Side neighborhood of Lakeview. The area of Lakeview near the stadium is commonly referred to as “Wrigleyville.”
Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears of the National Football League play at Soldier Field. Chicago is the largest city to have an NFL stadium. The Bears have won nine American Football championships (eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX) trailing only the Green Bay Packers, who have thirteen.
The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association are one of the world’s most recognized basketball teams, thanks to their enormous success during the Michael Jordan era, when they won six NBA titles in the 1990s. The Bulls play at the United Center on Chicago’s Near West side.
The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League also play at the United Center. The Hawks are an Original Six franchise, founded in 1926, and have won six Stanley Cups, including 2010, 2013, and 2015.
The Chicago Fire, members of Major League Soccer, won one league and four US Open Cups since 1997. After eight years at Soldier Field, they moved to the new Toyota Park in nearby Bridgeview at 71st and Harlem Avenue during the summer of 2006.
The central part of Chicago was largely destroyed by the Chicago Fire in 1871. Almost all the buildings currently standing in the city’s downtown area were built after that, one exception being the Chicago Water Tower.
The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower
Around the turn of the twentieth century, Chicago was a key location in the development of the skyscraper. This movement was spearheaded by architects promoting the Chicago School design philosophy, including Louis Sullivan and others. Notable tall buildings and skyscrapers built before the mid-1930s include the Rookery Building, the Auditorium Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Monadnock Building, the Reliance Building, the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, the Marquette Building, the Chicago Building, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the London Guarantee Building, 333 North Michigan, the Carbide & Carbon Building, and the Chicago Board of Trade Building.
In the 1940s, a modernist Second Chicago School of architecture emerged from the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Buildings that he designed include 860–880 Lake Shore Drive,Crown Hall, 330 North Wabash, and the Kluczynski Federal Building.
The tallest buildings in Chicago are Willis Tower, Trump Tower, the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, and the Franklin Center. Willis Tower was originally named Sears Tower, and was the tallest building in the world from 1973 to 1998. It is now the second-tallest building in the United States, after One World Trade Center, though the height to the roof of Willis Tower is greater than that of One World Trade Center.
The Pullman Historic District was the first planned industrial community in the United States.
Some neighborhoods in the city have many Chicago bungalow houses. Built mostly between 1910 and 1940, these single-family homes are narrow, one-and-a-half story brick structures, with gables parallel to the street.
(Copied from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Chicago)