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About Chicago

Written by Ysmay.

Chicago was turned into the large, bustling city it is from the transportation industries, and you can really see this impact when you look at Chicago on a map. Thanks to all the changes that have influenced Chicago, there's a whopping 77 community areas in Chicago. Regardless of the changes, however, Downtown Chicago remains a happening place to hang out.

No matter what you want to do, or what qualities you are looking for in a home, odds are you can find what you're looking for in Chicago.

A uniquely diverse city, Chicago has religious centres for Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, and many more. Chicago is home to the second largest Polish population in the world outside of Poland. Over a million residents claim Polish ancestry and many are first or second generation. Polish is the third most spoken language in Chicago behind English and Spanish.

Sports are big in Chicago; you can rarely go out without hearing about one of Chicago's pro sports teams. If you're not into going to live games, bars in Chicago regularly have sports on with passionate fans screaming at the TVs.

But if sports aren't your scene, perhaps NPR is. The radio show "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is recorded in Chicago and tickets to the recordings are available. Chicago is replete with a vibrant music scene, recreational activities, and tons of festivals to keep you entertained.

Population: 2,695,598*
Average Commute Time: 33.9 minutes**
Median Household Income: $46,781**

* 2010 Census
** 2009 Census

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