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Full nameCity of Chicago
Official nameCity of Chicago
Settlement typeCity
Motto  (City in a Garden), Make Big Plans (Make No Small Plans), I Will
CountryUnited States
CountiesCook, DuPage
IncorporatedMarch 4, 1837
Named for 
("Wild onion")
TypeMayor council
MayorRahm Emanuel (D)
City CouncilAldermen
Proco Moreno
Bob Fioretti
Pat Dowell
William Burns
Leslie Hairston
Roderick Sawyer
Sandi Jackson
Michelle A. Harris
Anthony Beale
John Pope
James Balcer
George Cardenas
Marty Quinn
Ed Burke
Toni Foulkes
Joann Thompson
Latasha Thomas
Lona Lane
Matthew O'Shea
Willie Cochran
Howard Brookins Jr.
Ricardo Muñoz
Michael Zalewski
Michael Chandler
Daniel Solis
Roberto Maldonado
Walter Burnett, Jr
Jason Ervin
Deborah Graham
Ariel Reboyras
Ray Suarez
Scott Waguespack
Richard Mell
Carrie Austin
Rey Colón
Nicholas Sposato
Emma Mitts
Timothy M. Cullerton
Margaret Laurino
Mary O’Connor
Brian Doherty
Brendan Reilly
Michele Smith
Thomas M. Tunney
John Arena
James Cappleman
Ameya Pawar
Harry Osterman
Joe Moore
Debra Silverstein
State HouseRepresentative
Susana A. Mendoza (D)
Edward J. Acevedo (D)
Luis Arroyo (D)
Cynthia Soto (D)
Kenneth Dunkin (D)
Esther Golar (D)
Karen A. Yarbrough (D)
LaShawn Ford (D)
Arthur L. Turner (D)
Annazette Collins (D)
John A. Fritchey (D)
Sara Feigenholtz (D)
Greg Harris (D)
Harry Osterman (D)
John D'Amico (D)
Joseph M. Lyons (D)
Michael P. McAuliffe (R)
Robert S. Molaro (D)
Michael J. Madigan (D)
Daniel J. Burke (D)
Barbara Flynn Currie (D)
Elga L. Jefferies (D)
Monique D. Davis (D)
Mary E. Flowers (D)
Milton Patterson (D)
Marlow H. Colvin (D)
Constance A. Howard (D)
Kevin Joyce (D)
Maria Antonia Berrios (D)
Deb Mell (D)
Deborah L. Graham(D)
State SenateState senators
Antonio Munoz (D)
William Delgado (D)
Mattie Hunter (D)
Kimberly A. Lightford (D)
Rickey R. Hendon (D)
John Cullerton (D)
Heather Steans (D)
Ira Silverstein (D)
Jeffrey Schoenberg (D)
James DeLeo (D)
Louis Viverito (D)
Martin Sandoval (D)
Kwame Raoul (D)
Emil Jones, III (D)
James Meeks (D)
Jacqueline Y. Collins (D)
Donne Trotter (D)
Edward Maloney (D)
Iris Martinez (D)
U.S. HouseRepresentatives
Jan Schakowsky (D)
Bobby Rush (D)
Luis Gutiérrez (D)
Michael Quigley (D)
Danny K. Davis (D)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D)
Dan Lipinski (D)
Total Area234.0 sq mi (606.1 km2)
Land Area227.2 sq mi (588.4 km2)
Water Area6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
Urban Area2122.8 sq mi (5498.1 km2)
Metro Area10874 sq mi (28163.7 km2)
Elevation597 ft (182 m)
Total Population2695598 (3rd US) (2010 Census)
Density (pop.)4579.7/km2 (11864.4/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)8711000
Metro (pop.)9461105
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC−6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−5)
Area code312, 773, 872

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Chicago (-enʃɪˈkɑːɡoʊEn-us-Chicago-2 is the largest city in the US state of Illinois. With nearly 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the third most populous in the USA, after New York City and Los Angeles. Its metropolitan area, sometimes called "Chicagoland," is the 27th most populous urban agglomeration in the world, the largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, and the third largest in the United States, home to an estimated 9.8 million people spread across the US states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, after Los Angeles County, California.

Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, the city retains its status as a major hub for industry, telecommunications and infrastructure, with O'Hare International Airport being the second busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements. , the city hosted 45.6 million domestic and overseas visitors. As of 2010, Chicago's metropolitan area has the 4th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) among world metropolitan areas.

The city is a center for services, business and finance and is listed as one of the world's top ten Global Financial Centers. The World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University rated Chicago as an "alpha world city." In a 2010 survey collaboration between Foreign Policy and A.T Kearney ranking cities, Chicago ranked 6th, just after Paris and Hong Kong. The ranking assesses five dimensions: value of capital markets, diversity of human capital, international information resources, international cultural resources, and political influence. Chicago has been ranked by The Atlantic as the world's 4th most economically powerful city, and by Forbes as 5th most powerful. Chicago is a stronghold of the Democratic Party and has been home to many influential politicians, including the current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The city's notoriety expressed in popular culture is found in novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals (for example, sports, entertainment, business, trade, and academic), and the news media. Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best known include: "Chi-town," "Windy City," "Second City," and the "City of Big Shoulders." Chicago has also been called "the most American of big cities."

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Mayor Daley to hold open house as he leaves office - Tweet this news - April 24, 2011 5:04 AM ET -CHICAGO- (AP) - -Chicago- Mayor Richard Daley is planning one last open house at City Hall to thank residents as he leaves office after 22 years. The open house is set for the afternoon of May 9, one week before - Date : Sun, 24 Apr 2011 09:04:55 GMT+00:00
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Chicago metropolitan area

Central cityChicago, Illinois
Largest cities
(over 30,000 in 2000)
Aurora, Illinois * Berwyn, Illinois * Calumet City, Illinois * Chicago Heights, Illinois * Crystal Lake, Illinois * DeKalb, Illinois * Des Plaines, Illinois * East Chicago, Indiana * Elgin, Illinois * Elmhurst, Illinois * Evanston, Illinois * Gary, Indiana * Hammond, Indiana * Harvey, Illinois * Highland Park, Illinois * Joliet, Illinois * Kenosha, Wisconsin * Naperville, Illinois * North Chicago, Illinois * Park Ridge, Illinois * Portage, Indiana * St. Charles, Illinois * Waukegan, Illinois * Wheaton, Illinois
Largest towns and villages
(over 30,000 in 2000)
Addison, Illinois * Arlington Heights, Illinois * Bartlett, Illinois * Bolingbrook, Illinois * Buffalo Grove, Illinois * Carol Stream, Illinois * Carpentersville, Illinois * Cicero, Illinois * Downers Grove, Illinois * Elk Grove Village, Illinois * Glendale Heights, Illinois * Glenview, Cook County, Illinois * Hanover Park, Illinois * Hoffman Estates, Illinois * Lombard, Illinois * Merrillville, Indiana * Mount Prospect, Illinois * Mundelein, Illinois * Niles, Illinois * Northbrook, Illinois * Oak Lawn, Illinois * Oak Park, Illinois * Orland Park, Illinois * Palatine, Illinois * Schaumburg, Illinois * Skokie, Illinois * Streamwood, Illinois * Tinley Park, Illinois * Wheeling, Illinois * Woodridge, Illinois
CountiesCook County, Illinois * DeKalb County, Illinois * DuPage County, Illinois * Grundy County, Illinois * Jasper County, Indiana * Kane County, Illinois * Kendall County, Illinois * Kenosha County, Wisconsin * Lake County, Illinois * Lake County, Indiana * McHenry County, Illinois * Newton County, Indiana * Porter County, Indiana * Will County, Illinois
RegionsGreat Lakes * Northern Illinois * Northern Indiana
Sub-regionsChicago Southland * Eastern Ridges and Lowlands * Fox Valley (Illinois) * Golden Corridor * Illinois Technology and Research Corridor * North Shore (Chicago) * Northwest Indiana

Municipalities and communities of Cook County, Illinois

County seat: Chicago
CitiesBerwyn * Blue Island * Burbank * Calumet City * Chicago Heights * Chicago * Country Club Hills * Countryside * Des Plaines * Elgin * Elmhurst * Evanston * Harvey * Hickory Hills * Hometown * Markham * Northlake * Oak Forest * Palos Heights * Palos Hills * Park Ridge * Prospect Heights * Rolling Meadows
VillagesAlsip * Arlington Heights * Barrington Hills * Barrington * Bartlett * Bedford Park * Bellwood * Bensenville * Berkeley * Bridgeview * Broadview * Brookfield * Buffalo Grove * Burnham * Burr Ridge * Calumet Park * Chicago Ridge * Crestwood * Deerfield * Deer Park * Dixmoor * Dolton * East Hazel Crest * East Dundee * Elk Grove Village * Elmwood Park * Evergreen Park * Flossmoor * Ford Heights * Forest Park * Forest View * Frankfort * Franklin Park * Glencoe * Glenview * Glenwood * Golf * Hanover Park * Harwood Heights * Hazel Crest * Hillside * Hinsdale * Hodgkins * Hoffman Estates * Homewood * Indian Head Park * Inverness * Justice * Kenilworth * La Grange Park * La Grange * Lansing * Lemont * Lincolnwood * Lynwood * Lyons * Matteson * Maywood * McCook * Melrose Park * Merrionette Park * Midlothian * Morton Grove * Mount Prospect * Niles * Norridge * North Riverside * Northbrook * Northfield * Oak Brook * Oak Lawn * Oak Park * Olympia Fields * Orland Hills * Orland Park * Palatine * Palos Park * Park Forest * Phoenix * Posen * Richton Park * River Forest * River Grove * Riverdale * Riverside * Robbins * Roselle * Rosemont * Sauk Village * Schaumburg * Schiller Park * Skokie * South Barrington * South Chicago Heights * South Holland * Steger * Stickney * Stone Park * Streamwood * Summit * Thornton * Tinley Park * University Park * Westchester * Western Springs * Wheeling * Willow Springs * Wilmette * Winnetka * Woodridge * Worth
TownshipsBarrington * Berwyn * Bloom * Bremen * Calumet * Cicero * Elk Grove * Evanston * Hanover * Lemont * Leyden * Lyons * Maine * New Trier * Niles * Northfield * Norwood Park * Oak Park * Orland * Palatine * Palos * Proviso * Rich * River Forest * Riverside * Schaumburg * Stickney * Thornton * Wheeling * Worth
Hines * La Grange Highlands * Sutton
FootnotesThis populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Municipalities and communities of DuPage County, Illinois

County seat: Wheaton
CitiesAurora * Batavia * Chicago * Darien * Elmhurst * Naperville * Oakbrook Terrace * St. Charles * Warrenville * West Chicago * Wheaton * Wood Dale
VillagesAddison * Bartlett * Bensenville * Bloomingdale * Bolingbrook * Burr Ridge * Carol Stream * Clarendon Hills * Downers Grove * Elk Grove Village * Glendale Heights * Glen Ellyn * Hanover Park * Hinsdale * Itasca * Lemont * Lisle * Lombard * Oak Brook * Roselle * Schaumburg * Villa Park * Wayne * Westmont * Willowbrook * Winfield * Woodridge
TownshipsAddison * Bloomingdale * Downers Grove * Lisle * Milton * Naperville * Wayne * Winfield * York
Cloverdale * Eola * Flowerfield * Keeneyville * Medinah * York Center
FootnotesThis populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

World's fifty most-populous urban areas

  1. Tokyo Yokohama
  2. Jakarta
  3. Mumbai
  4. Delhi
  5. Manila
  6. New York
  7. São Paulo
  8. Seoul Incheon
  9. Mexico City
  10. Shanghai
  1. Cairo
  2. Osaka Kobe Kyoto
  3. Kolkata
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Shenzhen
  6. Beijing
  7. Moscow
  8. Guangzhou
  9. Istanbul
  10. Karachi
  1. Buenos Aires
  2. Rio de Janeiro
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  4. Paris
  5. Dhaka
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  8. Ruhr Area
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  8. Santiago
  9. Dallas Fort Worth
  10. San Francisco San Jose

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