…And 10 odd and interesting facts about ‘The Windy City’ :
1. Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards. (!!!!)
2. Harold Washington Library Center is the world’s largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.
3. Move over Krakow and Greenpoint, because after Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population.
4. Encircled by the elevated (‘L’) train tracks, Chicago’s downtown area is simply called “The Loop”.
5. Lincoln Park Zoo is the country’s oldest public zoo with an annual attendance of roughly three million.
6. Sorry Big Apple. but Chicago’s Home Insurance Company built the first skyscraper in 1885.
7. In 1930, Chicago opened the Western Hemisphere’s first ever planetarium called The Adler Planetarium.
8. Dr. Bernard Fantus opened the nation’s first blood bank at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital in 1937.
9. Couch potatoes can thank Chicago because the remote control was invented there in 1950.
10. The name Chicago is derived from an Algonquin word “Chigagou”, which translates to “onion field.” So why was it called that? Basically it is pretty self explanatory, lots of onions grew on fields where the city was formed. Makes sense.