Chicago, Illinois, the 'Windy City,' is home to 2.8 million residents. Its skyline is dominated by the second-tallest building in the United States, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Not bad for a city that all but burned to the ground during the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world and shaped like a wedding cake, can be found in Chicago's "front yard," the sprawling Grant Park, which explains Chicago's motto, "Urbus en Horto," which means "City in a Garden."
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Housing StatisticsThe average sale price for a property in Chicago is $263,000 dollars, with one-bedroom properties going for an average of $240,000, two bedrooms averaging $284,000 and four bedrooms at $477,000. During June 2013, 8,900 home sale transactions took place. There is currently a 4.7 percent vacancy rate for apartments located in the Chicago metro area.
Sports in ChicagoChicago has teams in each of the four major sports leagues in America: The Chicago Cubs and the White Sox in Major League Baseball, the Chicago Bears in the National Football League, the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League, and the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association. Chicago is also in contention to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Take a walk around, and you'll find that the streets of Chicago are filled with people wearing the colors of their favorite team. Chicagoans take their sports very seriously. The atmosphere at a Blackhawks game is intense; 20,000 people cheering for their team is a sound you won't forget. The teams in Chicago may not always win titles, but the fans are dogged, and their loyalty is immense. You won't find a town more dedicated to its sporting teams than Chicago.
Weather and ClimateYou get four honest seasons in Chicago, with a rainy spring, cold and snowy winter, hot and humid summer, which can see temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and an autumn that can be bright and pleasant or cold and rainy. The cool waters of Lake Michigan are known to send a moist breeze over the city, which can also bring in fog during the spring. This means that Chicago, particularly on the waterfront areas, is, on average, cooler than the rest of Illinois. Conversely, in the winter, temperatures are generally warmer along the shore.
Neighborhood GuideAs a general rule, Chicago can be divided into two parts, North and South. South Side is generally regarded as experiencing more violence and crime than North Side. In the north, several districts and neighborhoods are attractive for people looking to move to the city. There are also some areas in the south that are improving their image through urban renewal and regeneration.
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