After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed a third of the city, including the entire central business district, Chicago experienced rapid rebuilding and growth. Chicago became known as the Second City, since the first city was largely destroyed. During its rebuilding period, Chicago constructed the world's first skyscraper in 1885, using steel-skeleton construction and still boasts some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world – the Willis Tower (formerly Sears), the Aon Center and the John Hancock Center.
Sports fan? Chicago has professional major league teams in all the popular American sports. Cheer on the Chicago Cubs baseball team at famous Wrigley Field. Located in a residential neighbourhood affectionately known as Wrigleyville - you can't get more American apple-pie than this!
And, if you can bear to drive away, Chicago is also the start of historic Route 66. Only 2,400 miles to Los Angeles!