Fun facts about life in Sweet Home Chicago.

  • Chicago City Markets
    Beginning in May and continuing through late fall, Chicago affords plentiful opportunities to buy the freshest produce, herbs and flowers from area farms.
  • The 606
    The 606, also known as Bloomingdale Trail, is a one-of-a-kind, linear, elevated, public park, converted from the old Bloomingdale Line.
  • Wrigley Field Organist Celebrates 2,500 Games
    Gary Pressy has played the organ at every Cubs home game since he became the sole organist at Wrigley field in 1987.
  • First Night Game at Wrigley
    The first-ever night game at Wrigley Field was scheduled for 8-8-88 (August 8, 1988, at 6:05 PM) against the Phillies. Prior to July 1988, when installation of the lights was completed, Wrigley Field had for years been the only Major League ballpark that lacked the lighting necessary for night games.
  • Chicago’s Chocolate Factory
    If you’ve every wondered about the source of that magnificent smell of chocolate that is so pervasive in the west end of the River North area, here’s your answer: Blommer Chocolate Company—the largest cocoa processor in North America—is located at 600 W. Kinzie Street.
  • Tribune Tower Rocks
    Tribune Tower (Gothic Revival, 1925) at 435 N. Michigan Avenue has exterior walls that are embedded with “rocks”—authentic pieces of famous structures, including Westminster Abbey, the Alamo, Hamlet’s castle, the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, Fort Sumter and the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Chicagohenge
    Twice each year—within a few days of the spring and fall equinoxes—the setting sun aligns with Chicago’s grid street system, providing a simple, but remarkable visual phenomenon. The exact dates and peak viewing times vary slightly from year to year.
  • Great Chicago Fire Map
    The legendary Great Chicago Fire of 1871 raged from Sunday, October 8 until the early morning hours on Tuesday, October 10. The fire destroyed about 3 1/3 square miles of downtown Chicago, killing about 300 people. More than 100,000 residents lost their homes in the fire.
  • Chicago in Flames
    An artist’s rendering of the fire by Currier and Ives (1871); looking northeast from the west side of the Randolph Street Bridge across the Chicago River.