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View to the North Up Michigan Ave.
Chicago

Looking north up Michigan Ave. This street is now the major shopping district in downtown Chicago. State Street, a few blocks west used to be the retail center,but with the decline of the major stores like Marshal Field and Goldblatts, the merchants moved here.

Copyright: Pete Babij
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Uploaded: 18/01/2013
Updated: 10/10/2014
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Tags: street; avenue; city; skyscraper; hi-rise
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The Chicago Fire struck in 1871 and destroyed a third of the city, the business district included. Rebuilding in style, Chicago erected the world's first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building. This was so revolutionary that it launched an entire school of architecture.Chicago is famous in American culture for a few other fun inventions, such as the 1893 World's Fair, Al Capone the gangster, and the Manhattan Project which created the world's first controlled nuclear reaction.The bustling economy and central location placed Chicago at a crossroads for American music and culture. Black Americans coming up from the South in the 1920's brought jazz and blues music with them, and three generations later that same spirit sprung back out to become house music, invented by Jesse Saunders and Frankie Knuckles among other geniuses.Getting ThereThree big ones: O'Hare, Midway and Gary-Chicago Internatonal Airports. O'Hare is one of the busiest in the world, claiming to be number two on the list amidst hot contention in a world-wide battle to the finish.You can use Chicago's excellent public transportation to get from the airports into the city, or take a shuttle bus, taxi or private limousine. Here are some maps.TransportationGetting around within Chicago is easy. The whole system is called the Chicago Transit Authority or CTA. They offer an elevated train (commonly called the "L"), commuter trains and buses. Fares are $2 per ride.The city is laid out in a grid with its center being the intersection of State and Madison streets. From there, the addresses radiate outwards with numbers increasing in increments of 100 per block -- a bike messenger's dream come true.And Chicago is one of the most biker-friendly cities in the U.S. Even a city-sponsored bike map!People and CultureDiversity is the word. Black, white, hispanic, it's all mixed up here. 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