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Chicago was actually part of Virginia for several years. A young general named George Rogers Clark captured the Illinois Territory from the British in 1778, but did it on behalf of the state of Virginia. Illinois remained part of Virginia until 1784, when it was ceded to the fledgling United States of America.

Tour guide Michael Corcoran REALLY likes to interact with Chicago's landmarks, here emulating a portion of Chicago's famous Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. The Chicago Fact Book (available from City Hall) lists the fountain as the "world's largest illuminated fountain".

Superlatives are quite the rage in the Windy City...

Links We Like

Chicago is a city of variety and contrasts, diversity and opportunity, normal and weird. Here are a few pages of links to get you on your way as you navigate your way around our fabulous metropolis!

  • Around Chicago
    Food, getting around, etc.
  • Chicago's Art and History
    Virtually visit some of Chicago's museums and other sites dedicated to Chicago art and history.
  • Just for Fun
    Delve deeper into specific Chicago figures or just have a chuckle.
  • Get the Book!
    Michael's book Hollywood on Lake Michigan, 2nd edition, will be available in June 2013.

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