On March 4, 1837, Chicago was incorporated. That makes the Windy City 175 years young on Sunday.
There’s a birthday bash planned, along with 175 days of events in the city following. Check out Chicago Real Estate Forum for more information on that.
If you want to stay home and celebrate the big event, you can do that too.
*For this special milestone, the Chicago Office of Tourism asked residents — famous and regular — to name their favorite things about Chicago. There are 175 Ways to Love Chicago, and you can find them online at explorechicago.org.
*The Chicago Sun-Times has a lovely online spread that displays 175 pictures of Chicago. Check it out at suntimes.com.
*Take our quiz and find out how much you know about the city in which you live.
1. Why is Chicago nicknamed the Windy City?
a. Crazy wind gusts off Lake Michigan
b. Long-winded politicians
c. Resident’s flatulence
2. Some say the name “Chicago” is derived from what Native American term?
a. Lake town
b. Wild onion
c. Skunk, which can also be translated to “smells bad.”
3. Who was Chicago’s first permanent resident?
a. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
b. Al Capone
c. Richard Marx
4. How many square miles of land does Chicago provide?
5. In what year did the Great Chicago Fire occur?
6. The Prairie School of Architecture was born in what Chicago suburb?
b. Oak Park
7. Chicago built the world’s first skyscraper in 1885. What was it called?
a. The Home Insurance Building
b. Lake Point Tower
c. Lou Malnati’s
8. What are the two surviving buildings from the Great Chicago Fire?
a. The Chicago Water Tower
b. The Pumping Station
c. The Water House
9. What are the two surviving buildings from the 1893 Columbian Exposition?
a. The Palace of Fine Arts, which now houses the Museum of Science and Industry
b. The Chicago Yacht Club
c. The Chicago Field Museum
10. The Chicago River’s flow was reversed in 1900 to make it the only river in the world that flows backwards.
11. What Chicago building is home to the world’s largest stained-glass Tiffany dome?
a. Tribune Tower
b. The Chicago Cultural Center
12. What is the country’s oldest public zoo?
a. Brookfield Zoo
b. Lincoln Park Zoo
c. O’Hare Airport
13. What was invented in Chicago?
a. Remote control
b. Vacuum cleaner
14. Which of these famous people were born in Chicago?
a. Walt Disney
b. Donald Rumsfeld
c. Stephen Colbert
15. What is Chicago’s longest street? It’s also the world’s longest continuous urban street.
a. Michigan Avenue
b. Western Avenue
c. Frontage Road
16. What movies were filmed in Chicago?
b. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
c. A League of Their Own
17. Which movies filmed in Chicago have homes featured in the films for sale?
a. Home Alone
b. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
18. What is it illegal to do in Chicago?
a. Fish in your pajamas
b. Eat in a place that’s on fire
c. Fly a kite downtown
19. What four states can you see on a clear day from the Willis Tower?
20. What is Chicago’s estimated population today?
2. b and c
8. a and b
9. a and c
13. all of the above
14. all of the above
16. b and c
17. a and b
18. all of the above
19. Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, of course!
Happy Birthday, Chicago!