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Intercontinental ChicagoIntercontinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611 US

InterContinental Chicago is a lot like the city itself: historic but hip, refined but relaxed, cultured but comfortable. A member of Michigan Avenue's architectural elite since 1929, our hotel is within easy reach of Chicago's incomparable museums, stores, theatres and restaurants. Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium and Oak Street Beach are minutes away Appropriately named for its flavourful approach...more

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Intercontinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611 US

Holiday Inn Chicago-mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive,
Chicago, IL 60654 US

Crowne Plaza Avenue
160 East Huron Street,
Chicago, IL 60611 US

W Chicago - City Center
172 West Adams At Lasalle,
Chicago, IL 60603-3604 US

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ABOUT CHICAGO

The Windy City is among the most famous cities in the world. At almost 2.7 million citizens as of the 2010 census and almost 10 million when including the surrounding metropolitan areas, Chicago is the largest northern city in the United States. It is often recognized for the Sears Tower that is one of the world's tallest buildings, as well as the amenities provided by lakeside living across the vast Great Lakes.

The origins of the name of the city stems from the word shikaakwa, a Native American word that, as the story goes, was mistranslated into French before the spelling became "Chicago" as we know it today. The town was first established on August 12th, 1833 with only a couple of hundred residents.

Chicago, IL was established in a very important trade route between the East and West coasts of the United States and also northern Canadian settlements, and this contributed to the increase in population. The city rapidly grew and new infrastructural programs were implemented to accommodate the population growth.

By 1871 the city suffered the Great Chicago Fire. A major contributor to the widespread destruction caused by the fire was how most of the city's buildings were made of wood. After the devastation, developers rebuilt large sections of the city using steel, and this included the world's first skyscraper—the Home Insurance Building, built using a fireproof steel skeleton.

Unfortunately, the fire was not the city's worst tragedy, as 844 citizens perished in 1915 when the SS Eastland, a passenger ship used for tours, sunk on the Chicago River. The only boat disaster that surpassed the Eastland was the sinking of the Titanic.

Despite these tragedies, the city always recovered. By the 1920s, the city experienced another huge population boom as industry expanded and hundreds of new jobs became available. Continual improvements in the industrial and automobile job sectors helped spur growth and downtown development. This development included the Sears Tower that was finished in 1974, and was the world's tallest building upon the time of completion.

Chicago, IL continues to expand and remains one of the world's most well known cities. The city attracts millions of tourists every-year, and major sectors of job growth inspire countless residents across the States to relocate to the Windy City seeking new opportunities.