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Chicago Known as the "Windy City", the city of Chicago is the most populated municipality in the American midwest, and in the state of Illinois. It is also the third largest city by population in the United States with nearly 3 million residents. Bordering Lake Michigan, the city of Chicago is home to many cultural forces and is a hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation.

Chicago Real Estate

The median home price in the city of Chicago has hovered just under $250,000 in the 2013 year, with an average listing price of approximately $394,000. The average price per square foot in 2013 is $212, which is a decrease from the 2012 year. Popular neighborhoods in Chicago include Near North Side, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Loop, DePaul, and Edgewater.

Architecture

Chicago boasts one of the most diverse architectural styles for its residential homes, which include, but are not limited to: Art Deco, Prairie, Gabled, Greek and Gothic revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor, Dutch Colonial Revival, Foursquare and Italianate. The city has a variety of floorplans, from single family homes, to rowhouses, to tomehomes, to condos, and duplexes.

Climate

Though in the midwest, the city of Chicago, because of its geographic placement next to Lake Michigan, sees wide temperature swings through the year. In the summer months, temperatures can reach into the high 90s to low 100s Fahrenheit, with winter months recording lows below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Spring and fall are relatively mild and pleasant.

Demographics

Demographics in the city of Chicago are quite diverse, with 45 percent of its residents being white, 33 percent black, 30 percent Hispanic or Latino, 13.4 percent from some other race, 5.7 percent being Asian, 2.7 percent from two or more races, and one half of one percent being American Indian.

Main Attractions

The biggest attractions in the city of Chicago are the Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Brookfield Zoo, Wrigley Field, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Theatre, Soldier Field, and Grant Park. Other popular destinations are the John Hancock Center and the Sears Tower.

Transportation

Chicago is the third largest inter-modal port in the world after Hong Kong and Singapore. It's transportation infrastructure is one of highways, and public transport such as the "L", short for the iconic elevated train which winds its way through the city. Unlike New York City, a greater percentage of residents own a car because it is a sprawling city.

Economy

With the third largest gross metropolitan product in the United States, in excess of $530 billion, it falls behind New York City and Los Angeles, respectively. The city is a major world financial hub, having the second largest business district in the United States. It is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies, and 66 Fortune 100 companies.

City Planning

The city of Chicago is part of what is known as "Chicagoland", which has a combined population of nearly 10 million. Though the city is dense in its metropolis, it sprawls out far and wide, covering 237 square miles of land. Access to the city can be gained through the highway, from bus, or from train.