Chicagoland includes the City of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
Nicknames: Windy City, City of Big Shoulders,
Motto: Urbs in Horto ("City in a Garden")
Greater metropolitan population (2000): 9.1
Climate: short, chilly springs; hot, humid
cool, pleasant autumns; long, cold winters.
Known for: Academics, Architecture, Art,
Blues, Business, Commodities, Jazz, Lake Michigan,
Poetry, Multiethnic Culture, Pizza, Science, Storied
History, Sports, Writers, World's Fairs
Major airports: O'Hare, Midway
For a traveler not experienced with
the Great Lakes region, the idea of "Chicago"
may invoke images of a landlocked, scaled-down version
of America's coastal metropolises. Even casual visitors
to the Windy City sometimes depart with the impression
that the small, tourist-friendly network of attractions
at the city's very core constitutes the extent of
its offerings. In reality, the Chicago area, or "Chicagoland",
as many call it, extends for more than fifty miles
North, West, South, and Southeast from its center,
across forests, prairies, shorelines, and river valleys,
spanning portions of three states, twelve counties,
and hundreds of municipalities, with more than nine
million people making it their home.