Chicago Trivia

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In 2005 alone, 31 million people visited Chicago

The world's longest street is Chicago 's Western Avenue .

The Chicago Post Office at 433 W. Van Buren is the only postal facility in the world which you can drive a car through.

The term "Jazz" was coined in Chicago in 1914.  The city's native musicians included band leader Benny Goodman and drummer Gene Krupa.

Chicago is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is one of the last free zoos.

Chicago is the favorite road city for big-league baseball players, according to Sports Illustrated magazine's 2003 Player Survey.

Chicago is home to the Harold Washington Library, the world's largest public library.

Hugh Hefner started the publication of "Playboy" at 6052 S. Harper St. in Chicago in 1953.

R.S. Ownes, a Chicago firm, is the maunfacturer of the Oscar statue.

Chicago made a $110-million investment to move an eight-lane freeway to create a "Museum Campus" connecting three world-class museums - the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium.

The Adler Planetarium in Chicago was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere .

Chicago is the birthplace of air travel. The first commercial air passenger (a Chicago Herald-Examinaer female reporter) departed Chicago for San Francisco on July 2, 1927.