is the largest city of Illinois State and the 3rd most populous city in
the USA after New York and Los Angeles, with nearly 2.7 million
residents. Located in northeastern Illinois at the southwestern tip of
Lake Michigan, Chicago does have it all, with less of the hassle and
infrastructural problems of its coastal rivals.
Resting within the humid continental climate zone, Chicago’s summers are hot and humid, and its winters are cold, snowy, and windy. Its two popular nicknames are "Windy City”, and "Chi-town".
|Chicago was founded in 1833,
near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed.
It developed by serving as the main connection between the established east
coast cities and the wide
open Wild West frontier. This unique position made the city into a crucible
of innovation. Many aspects of modern life, from skyscrapers to suburbia,
had their start, and perhaps their finest expression, here.
The history of modern architecture is stamped on Chicago's dramatic skyline, where the world's first skyscrapers now stand in the shadow of sleek corporate monoliths. It features the likes of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses and the 110-story Sears Tower, which was the world's tallest building until 1997, when it was topped by Malaysia's Petronas Towers. The Sears Tower offers rather stunning views from its observatory.
|Strolling through Oak Park, the lush suburb once home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, you will find with Hemingway memorabilia at the Historical Society, and several of Wright's key buildings, including the stunning Unity Temple. The Loop downtown holds the head offices of many major US companies and some of the nation's most important commodity markets, which together handle the buying and selling of one-third of the world's agricultural and industrial products.|
burning to the ground in the legendary fire of 1871, Chicago boomed
thereafter, doubling in population every decade and reaching two million by
the 1900s, mostly with by Irish and eastern European immigrants. Chicago is
known to have the largest Polish population in the world outside Warsaw, and
the largest Romanian American community in the US. It has a nearly even
percentage of European Americans and African Americans as well as sizable
populations of Hispanics and Asians.
Today, the city retains its status as a major hub for industry, telecommunications and infrastructure, and is listed as one of the world's top ten Global Financial Centers.
|For visitors, Chicago offers
the Art Institute of Chicago and a wide range of excellent museums renowned
trove of Impressionist and contemporary paintings. However, its strongest
suit is live music, with a phenomenal array of jazz and blues clubs packed
into the back rooms of its amiable bars and cafés. There are many flavorful
nightclubs around town, especially along Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue and
Clark Street on the North Side, and at the intersection of North Broadway
and Lawrence just Uptown.
Two great ways to enjoy the city are to head out to Chicago's ivy-covered Wrigley Field on a sunny summer afternoon to catch baseball's Cubs in action, or take a cruise boat under the bridges of the Chicago River at sunset.
|There are a multitude of attractions, events, tours, and recreational activities happening throughout the city, every single day.|
Intrax Centre: Located on the world-famous Michigan Avenue, known for
dining, shopping and historical and architectural landmarks. The spacious
center occupies the second and third floors of a four-story building, which
features 20 classrooms, a convenient student lounge and kitchen, free
wireless internet and 2 computer labs where students can practice their
English by using various language learning software.
It is just a block away from Millennium Park, a unique architectural and landscape design jewel covering 10 hectares of majestic gardens, distinctive sculptures and outdoor concert venues.