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The Ultimate Chicago Quiz
by Staff
Chicago is a great city to visit and you will be delighted by the vast selection of leisure options. In addition to many cultural offerings, this flat city offers outdoors enthusiasts many wide-open spaces, beautiful bodies of water and numerous walking or biking trails. Take this quiz to learn more about city that was the birthplace of the skyscraper.

What is considered a must when you visit Chicago for the first time?

  • You must initiate yourself to Chicago by dipping your bare right foot into Lake Michigan.
  • You must rent a bike and ride the famed Grant Park with hundreds of other tourists.
  • You must take a stroll through the downtown for a mini tour of the history of the high-rise.

What's the name of the world's seventh tallest building and the tallest building in Chicago?

  • the Willis Tower
  • the Sears Tower
  • both of the above

What is the current population of the Chicago metropolitan area?

  • 9.7 million
  • 7.3 million
  • 5.9 million

How many people both foreign and domestic visited Chicago in 2008?

  • Chicago had 51.3 million visitors in 2008.
  • Chicago had 45.6 million visitors in 2008.
  • Chicago had 40.1 million visitors in 2008.

At what street corner do all address numbers originate from in Chicago?

  • corner of State and Madison streets
  • corner of Michigan and Roosevelt
  • corner of State and Congress

What is the popular name for the heart of Chicago’s downtown business district?

  • The Core
  • The Circle
  • The Loop

What is a popular name for the City of Chicago?

  • Windy City
  • Second City
  • both of the above

By what name is Chicago’s most popular downtown shopping area called?

  • The Golden Mile
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • The Designers Mile

When you travel to Chicago, how should you prepare to dress?

  • Prepare to dress in layers.
  • Prepare to dress casually.
  • Always pack a warm jacket and a sweater or two.

What is your best bargain for getting from O’Hare International Airport to downtown Chicago?

  • shared rides arranged with taxi dispatchers
  • the Blue Line on the El
  • Continental Airport Express

What should you be aware of if you plan to bring your car to Chicago?

  • Traffic jams are common and parking is very expensive in the downtown core.
  • Driving is competitive so prepare to be cut off and locals like speed up to beat the traffic lights.
  • Both of the above are true of driving in Chicago.

What should you know in order to keep a reference when locals give you directions?

  • When travelling east Lake Michigan is on your right and going west it is on your left.
  • When travelling north Lake Michigan is on your right and going south it is on your left.
  • When travelling south Lake Michigan is on your right and going north it is on your left.

Where can you go to get the most up-to-date bulletins on the El schedules and routes?

  • The Time out Chicago
  • The Chicago City Guide
  • Talk of the Town City Guide

What is the best way to reach the city's main museums, along with some great restaurants in downtown Chicago?

  • Flag a cab for door-to-door service.
  • Walk from one to another it is easy and you are doing your body a favor.
  • The Loop shuttle hits all the spots and you can jump on and off as you wish all day for a single fare.

What should you know if you are driving around downtown as you shop and sightsee?

  • If you park on the streets meters have 2-hour limits and posted signs have parking rules that must be followed.
  • Be cautious not to park in private lots that warn of violator towing, yellow tow zones or near fire hydrants to avoid towing charges.
  • Both of the above are true of parking in Chicago.

What can someone who loves music do in Grant Park in June?

  • You can take in the Grant Park Buskers Festival with an eclectic mix of budding musicians joining in the fun.
  • Grant Park is the site of the Chicago Blues Festival featuring free outdoor concerts.
  • Do not miss the Breezy Days of June Music Festival featuring classical, rock and country music in Grant Park.

What interesting thing happens with the Chicago River in March?

  • The Chicago River finally freezes over allowing the city to set up mile long skating rinks with a party atmosphere.
  • The Chicago River backs up with ice jams that city crew’s dynamite as spectators gather on the shore to watch.
  • The Chicago River is dyed green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Chicago’s Irish large Irish population.

What is special about Lincoln Park Zoo that you will rarely find anywhere else?

  • exotic reptile exhibit
  • no admission fee
  • icy walrus exhibit with underwater viewing

How many gallons of water soar to heights up to 150 feet every minute at Buckingham Fountain in Grants Park?

  • 14,000 gallons
  • 10,000 gallons
  • 8,000 gallons

Why is Chicago credited with inspiring the creation of the modern day skyscraper?

  • The skyscraper was the result of a design competition to honor the 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition.
  • The skyscraper was a result of The Great Fire of 1871 that destroyed 4 square miles of downtown Chicago.
  • The first skyscraper was commissioned by Al Capone as an attempt to enter commercial real estate using architect Louis Sullivan.