Best of Chicago
- 1 Chicago Navy Pier –built in 1914– didn’t start off in the U.S. Navy’s care. It was originally intended to be one of five Chicago Municipal Piers but from 1917 until the 90’s it jumped in being used for the U.S. military to the cities entertainment. It officially got its iconic name after WWII. Today it is home of the 150 foot Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and Pier Park, museums, exhibition halls, vendors, and much more.
- 2 Chicago is home to many inventions, including spray paint, blood banks, the zipper, the Ferris wheel, and the famous Chicago deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hotdog.
- 3 Home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team! The famous U.S. Cellular Field was built in the shadow of Old Comisky and was the trailblazer in creating the modern baseball stadium.
- 4 What river connects the Great Lakes and the MIssissippi Valley waterways and flows backwards?! You guessed it, the Chicago River! The unique thing about this river is that it is both a natural and man-made river and on St. Patrick’s Day, the city dyes the river green.
- 5 Notably the most iconic landmark in Millennium Park is Cloud Gate, but you may know it as the “Chicago Bean.” Millennium Park is also famous for the Chicago Dog, which contains the best ingredients for your mouth to thank you.
- 6 Did you know that the Chicago Cubs use to be called The Chicago White Stockings? And the Famous Wrigley Field –where “Take me out to the ball game,” was sung Harry Caray (RIP Harry)–was called the Weegham Park? Built in 1916, this stadium is the second oldest operating stadium today.
- 7 Illinois was the first state to sign the 13th amendment to abolish slavery.
- 8 The Ice Cream Sundae originated in Evanston, IL.
- 9 Twinkies were invented on April 6, 1930 in River Forest, Illinois
- 10 Historic Route 66, established in 1926, starts in Chicago.