Chicago, city, United States
Chicago covers over 200 sq mi (520 sq km); it extends more than 20 mi (32 km) along the lakefront, then sprawls inland to the west. Its metropolitan area stretches in the north to the Wisconsin border and in the south to industrial suburbs on and beyond the Indiana border. In addition to its noted expressways and boulevards, Chicago has a system of elevated (partly underground) railways that extend into the heart of the city, making a huge rectangle, the celebrated Loop, which gives its name to the downtown section.
Sections in this article:
- The Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
- Center of Culture
- The Fire and Industrialization
- From the Early Days to 1850
- Neighborhoods and Points of Interest
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