Interesting facts about the so-called Windy City
1. McCormick Place is the nation’s largest convention center measuring in at 2.2 million square feet.
2. The Harold Washington Library (The Chicago Public Library) contains more than 2 million books.
3. Chicago is home to television’s first soap opera. “These Are My Children,” was broadcast from Chicago’s NBC station in 1949.
4. The world’s largest water filtration plant, The Jardine Water Purification Plant, can be found at 600 E. Grand Ave.
5. The Windy City isn’t Chicago’s only nickname. Other monikers include: Second City, The City That Works, and the City of Big Shoulders.
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6. Despite the aforementioned nickname, Chicago is not the windiest city in America; that distinction goes to Milton, Mass.
7. Harrison Ford, Ernest Hemingway, Mr. T, Dorothy Hamill, Bob Newhart, Bob Fosse, Robin Williams and Walt Disney were all born in Chicago.
8. Deep-dish “Chicago-style” pizza was started at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago in 1943.
9. The Chicago Bears hold two NFL records: One is for having the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the other is for having the most retired jersey numbers.
10. The Chicago Bulls mascot’s name is Benny the Bull.
Where to eat
If you have time in between the tradeshow and the educational sessions, and can venture out to eat, the Travel Channel listed the following as the top five restaurants in Chicago:
1. mk The Restaurant
868 N. Franklin St.
2. Freddie’s Pizza and Sandwiches
701 W. 31st St.
3. The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted St.
2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
440 S. LaSalle St. 40th Floor
5. Frontera Grill
445 N. Clark St.
Looking for pizza?
If it’s deep-dish “Chicago style” pizza you want, Zagat rated Pequod’s Pizza as the top spot.
2207 N. Clybourn Ave.