Friday, December 23, 2011

Chicago Map

Chicago is the principal city in the state of Illinois, and is the third biggest city in the United States in terms of population (number 1 is New York City and number 2 is Los Angeles). The city itself has about 2.7 million people, while the metro area of "Chicagoland" has about 9.8 million. O`hare International Airport that serves Chicago is the second busiest airport in the world, when including both passenger traffic and cargo traffic. Chicago is a big center for business, finance, and industry which accounts for a large part of that traffic.

Chicago is situated on the edge of Lake Michigan, and two rivers flow through the city: the Chicago River which flows through downtown, as well as the Calumet River which flows through the industrial area of South Chicago. The city is nicknamed "The Windy City" because of the breezes that blow from these bodies of water. I`ve only spent a day or so in Chicago, but the wind was bone-chilling.

For such a huge city, it was founded surprisingly recently, in 1833. It was one of the fastest growing cities in history.

Below you can find a Chicago map showing the central city area and the roads leading to and from it.

Chicago map showing roads
Chicago map with highways
Simple downtown Chicago map

Were you able to find a downtown Chicago map that was useful? Be sure to check out other maps of Chicago in the USA City Maps category.

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