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Chicago is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest. The city has a population of 2.8 million. It is home to the blues, several sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, spectacular live theater, celebrated architecture, and thousands of restaurants, museums and shopping.
Chicago is famous for its diverse collection of museums, which explore a variety of subjects such as Chicago history, art, astronomy, natural history, African-American culture and much more.
The city is a living museum of architecture thanks to the work of such greats as Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and hundreds of others.
Chicago is home to the world's first skyscraper designed by William Le Baron Jenney in 1885.
Chicago is home to a variety of spectacular attractions including Navy Pier - the city's lakefront playground and the state's most popular attraction. Navy Pier offers visitors a unique blend of family-oriented attractions from the thrilling ride on the Wave Swinger in Pier Park to the 3-D Time Escape ride. The Pier also boasts the 150-foot high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, the Chicago Children's Museum, a variety of restaurants and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.