Chicago History

Well first off, there seems to be some confusion as to when the city was officially founded or incorporated. I don’t have a clue if those two things are the same or if they have different meanings. I’ve seen both used. I’ve seen founded in 1830 and 1833. I found sources that say incorporated in 1837 and 1834. let’s just say somewhere in the 1830’s Chicago became Chicago.

Chicago, the word, is a Miami Indian word. It is a word for wild leeks. They grew on the banks of the Chicago river. I wonder if they still do? Miami, Sauk, Fox and Potawatomi tribes live in the are for centuries. The first non-Indian to settle there was a fellow by the name of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. He apparently arrived around 1780. I always say apparently because how do we REALLY know for sure.

After he arrived, the US Army decided that they were going to build a fort, Fort Dearborn on the Chicago River and so begins the battle with the Native Indians of the area to take away their land. The Indians destroyed the fort and they, of course, rebuilt it four years later.

In 1832, there was a war called the Black Hawk war and it seems this was last time that the natives resisted.  They lost the war. This particular source says that Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833 and as a city in  1837. Maybe that’s where I’m confused by there being different dates. One date was them becoming a town and the other date was when they became a city, I guess to be classified as a city there must be 4000 people or more. I never knew that before. I’m learning so much, love it! In 1848, Chicago got its first telegraph and railroad. By 1854, the city was the world’s largest grain port and it had more than 30,000 residents. Many of these people were immigrants from Europe.




Not The Best News in Chicago

There was some breaking news happening in Chicago yesterday and I may as well report a little about that. Life isn’t always roses, so let us be real. Sadly this is far too real. I do my best to keep positive. In order to do this, I don’t watch the news or read the newspaper. I stumbled across this while doing my Chicago research. Protesters shut down the shopping areas today because of the police murder of Laquan McDonald. This is the first I’ve read about this, and it is EXACTLY why I don’t watch the news. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I’m not going to post the video of the shooting that was released the same day the cop was convicted, but I will show you guys the protesters out yesterday.

     God Bless the family and friends of this poor man. May he Rest In Peace.

Some Basic Facts About Chicago

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the US (3rd I think) with a population of approximately 2.8 million. The city cover an area of about 60,000 hectares and it is somewhere around 580 feet above sea level. the city is on Lk Michigan which is apparently the fifth largest body of water in the entire world, who knew? This is why I’ve decided to learn about this city. it may very well be the one I choose to retire in. It has two rivers to brag about as well, the Chicago and the Calumet. It is estimated that 86 million people visit the city every year and I intend to be one of them very soon.

Here are some fact, little bit of trivia:

  • 237 miles of land
  • 26 miles of beautiful lakefront
  • 20 miles of bicycle paths Lk Michigan
  • there are more than 100 different neighbourhoods
  • 500+ parks
  • the home of Barack Obama (not so exciting….Yay Trump)
  • 200 theatres and 200 galleries
  • 36 annual parades (how can there be that many reasons to have a parade)
  • it was incorporated as a city in 1837
  • there are 32 Fortune 500 companies in the city and surrounding area
  • the famous Route 66 begins in Chicago (I’m loving this)
  • the downtown are is known as “the Loop”
  • the game of 16-inch softball (didn’t even know there was such a thing) invented there
  • four states are visible for one of the high rises
  • the Lincoln Park Zoo is there and it is the oldest zoo in the in the entire country.
  • the first skyscraper was built there
  • Home of the first Ferris Wheel

This is awesome. I didn’t know any of that. I really thought Vancouver BC Canada was one of the coolest cities in the world, now I don’t know. Learning about a new place is fascinating to me. I think next post I’ll dig up some info on the history of the very interesting city. I can’t imagine what I’m going to discover.