Recode’s Sam Biddle has created a guide to Illinois attractions that you probably never heard of before, because it includes a ton of cool facts you didn’t know you needed to know about them.1.
The best part about Chicago’s most famous attractions is that they are mostly free.
But there’s a reason you can still get tickets to them, including the legendary Big Five.2.
Chicago is the only state in the nation where you can get a free meal at a restaurant with the state flag on it.3.
In the summer, Chicago’s annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday are held on the same day.4.
Every day of the year, the Illinois State Capitol is open to the public.5.
The state has the world’s highest per capita rates of sexually transmitted infections, which is tied for the most among the 50 states.6.
In 2018, the average age of a Chicago resident was just over 33, which makes Chicago the youngest city in the country.7.
The only way to get into the world famous Lincoln Park Zoo is to be invited to a special opening-day “Halloween Bash.”8.
The city’s “Civic Center” is home to the nation’s largest memorial to American soldiers killed in World War II.9.
In 2017, Chicago ranked third in the US in the number of restaurants serving vegetarian options.10.
Chicago has more than 20,000 restaurants.11.
The world’s largest lake, Lake Michigan, is home a city of more than 7 million people.12.
There are a whopping 100 restaurants that serve “chicken nuggets,” including one that’s known for making its customers wait an hour to get their order.13.
The Chicago Blackhawks play their home games at Soldier Field.14.
In 2019, Chicago became the first US city to host an Olympic Winter Games.15.
The City of Chicago is home of the National Mall.16.
The Lake Michigan Water Taxi Company has a partnership with the Chicago Redbirds, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bulls.17.
Chicago’s iconic skyline is built on Lake Michigan.18.
The Great Lawn of Lake Michigan is home for the city’s annual Halloween parade.19.
Chicago, like most large cities in the Midwest, is a hub for tourism.20.
The National Weather Service is the official weather service in the city.21.
Chicago gets more than 30 hours of sunshine per year.22.
The State Capitol building is the tallest building in the United States.23.
The most famous place in the world to visit in Chicago is Lincoln Park.24.
The American Legion has been at the State Capitol since 1881.25.
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Chicago as the most densely populated city in America.26.
Chicago ranks second in the U.S. for the number (and the most) of restaurants in its downtown district.27.
In 2020, Chicago was the fourth most populated city on the planet, according to the World Urbanization Prospects Report.28.
In 2022, the city received the fourth-highest number of visits to the U-M Health System.29.
The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was held in Chicago in September 2018.30.
In 2024, Chicago received the sixth-highest amount of international visitors to any city in North America.31.
The oldest city in Illinois is named for the former Illinois governor of Illinois, U.D. Hennepin, who died in 1901.32.
The top dog in the Illinois football recruiting class is former Chicago Bears head coach Tim Beck.33.
The first African American mayor of Chicago was appointed in 2012.34.
Chicago ranked as the eighth most expensive city in U. S. history.35.
The second oldest city is Chicago, which ranked as second-oldest in the National Register of Historic Places.36.
The Illinois Zoo was named for Chicago Tribune reporter Edna Rovner, who lived in the area from 1925 to 1950.37.
In 2030, Chicago surpassed Austin, Texas as the nation with the most number of skyscrapers.38.
The last time Chicago recorded more than 2,000 homicides was in 2018.39.
Chicago received an “A” grade in the 2018 Human Capital Index.40.
In 2021, the first African-American mayor of Houston was appointed.41.
Chicago won the 2018 World Cup in the women’s soccer tournament.42.
Chicago was named the fifth-largest city in South America.43.
Chicago earned the third-highest percentage of its residents earning $50,000 or more per year in the past five years.44.
Chicago City Hall is home the state’s largest library.45.
The highest peak in the Chicago skyline is 6.9 miles (10.8 kilometers) above the surface.46.
Chicago hosts the annual “Easter Egg Hunt,” where people are encouraged to make their own egg hunts in honor