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Oh... Now That Is Interesting?!

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

The History Fun Facts of Chicago Countdown: 10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

#10 - Sky Walker

  • First Skyscraper - Home Insurance Company, Built in 1885

#9 - Book Worms!

  • When it opened in 1991, the Harold Washington Library Center, with approximately 6.5 million books, was the world's largest municipal library.

#8 - Let's Go Cubbies!

  • Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

#7 - Nosey Neighbors...

  • 77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods

#6 - Love, Peace, & Hull House

  • Jane Addams - First American Woman to Win Nobel Peace Prize

Jane Addams

  • Chicago's own Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House, was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

  • The Hull House opened in 1889 to aid Chicago immigrants.

#5 - Where Dreams Come True :)

  • Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901.

  • He studied drawing at Chicago's McKinley High School and the Institute of Fine Arts.

#4 - Great Things Come in Small Packages

  • The Twinkie was invented during the Depression by Chicagoan Jimmy Dewar.

  • The dessert was dubbed "Twinkie" after Dewar spotted an ad for Twinkle Toe Shoes.

  • Originally filled with banana cream, but as they became scarce during WWII, vanilla cream was substituted.

#3 - This is Why Traffic is So Bad... Everyone is Lost...

  • Over 52 million people visit Chicago annually

#2 - Ain't No River Wide Enough

  • In 1900, Chicago successfully completed a massive and highly innovative engineering project — reversing the flow of the Chicago River so that it emptied into the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan.

  • Each year, the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

#1- Chicago's 1st Perment Settler was Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

  • An African-American from what is now Haiti, in 1779. He was born to a French mariner and a mother who was a slave of African descent.

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

  • In du Sable's home, which he shared with his Indian wife, the first marriage in Chicago was performed.

  • According to original manuscripts documenting the sale of DuSable’s property, the cabin was spacious, boasting a roomy salon with five rooms off each corner. The property featured a large stone fireplace, bake and smoke houses, stables and huts for employees, along with a fenced garden and orchard. Household furnishings included paintings, mirrors, and walnut furniture.

  • At his trading post, DuSable served Native Americans, British, and French explorers.

  • He spoke Spanish, French, English, and several Native American dialects, which served him well as an entrepreneur and mediator.

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