35 Things True Chicagoans Should Know


Chicago is located in which state?

Chicago is located in Illinois. In fact, Chicago is the most populous city in that state.

The Chicago Cubs play at what iconic stadium?

The Chicago Cubs play at home at Wrigley Field. The stadium opened in 1911.

Which food is Chicago best known for?

Chicago is well known for its deep-dish pizza. It is rumored that deep-dish pizza originated at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago.

What talk show host once called Chicago home?

Oprah Winfrey once called Chicago home. Oprah now lives and films her show in California.

Which of the following is a Chicago nickname?

Chicago is commonly called the Windy City. The nickname may have arisen because of Chicago's location on Lake Michigan and the breeze off the lake.

True or False? Chicago is the capital city of Illinois.

Chicago is not the capital city of Illinois - Springfield is. Chicago is, however, the largest city in the state.

The name "Chicago" comes from a Native American word for what?

The name "Chicago" comes from a Native American word for "wild onion" or "wild garlic." Hmm, no wonder Chicagoans make great pizza.

Chicago is in what time zone?

Chicago is in the central time zone. Chicago still uses Daylight Saving Time.

Chicago is located in what county?

The city of Chicago is the county seat of Cook County. Cook County is the second most populated county in the United States, after Los Angeles.

Chicago is on the coast of what Great Lake?

Chicago is on the coast of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States.

What pro football team calls Chicago home?

The Bears call Chicago home. The Bears play at Soldier Field when they are at home.

Legend has it that the Great Chicago Fire was started by what?

Legend has it that the Great Chicago Fire was started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. It is said that the cow knocked over a lantern, resulting in the catastrophic blaze.

When did Chicago host the World's Fair?

Chicago hosted the World's Fair in 1893. The Fair was formally known as the World's Columbian Exposition.

Chicago was originally spelled how?

Chicago was spelled Checagou by early settlers. The word "Checagou" was an Americanized spelling of the Native American word "Shikaakwa," which means "wild onion" or "wild garlic."

Who is known as the "Founder of Chicago"?

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was known as the Founder of Chicago. Du Sable got this name because he was the first permanent, non-native settler of the city.

What forms of transportation were NOT commonly used in early Chicago?

Goods and people traveled to and from Chicago on the railways and waterways. Chicago's position on the shore of Lake Michigan made commerce one of its main industries.

The Chicago Blackhawks play what major league sport?

Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team. The Blackhawks home arena is the United Center.

True or False? Abraham Lincoln is buried in Chicago.

Abraham Lincoln is buried in Illinois, but not in Chicago. The 16th president of the United States rests in Springfield.

Chicago built the world's first skyscraper in what year?

Chicago built the world's first skyscraper in 1885. This wonder was part of the city's rebuilding efforts after the Great Chicago Fire.

On what Chicago specialty might you find a dill pickle spear?

Chicago-style hot dogs might include a dill pickle spear. If you're a real Chicagoan, leave the ketchup off your red hot.

What Mafia massacre took place in Chicago in 1929?

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre took place in Chicago in 1929. The massacre was the result of a war between the Irish North Side Gang and the Italian South Side Gang.

Downtown Chicago is known as what?

Downtown Chicago is known as the Chicago Loop. The name is a reference to the railway system.

The Cloud Gate sculpture is located in what Chicago park?

The Cloud Gate sculpture is located in Millennium Park. The sculpture has been nicknamed The Bean because of its shape.

What Chicago building once had its own ZIP code?

Merchandise Mart once had its own ZIP code. The building was built by Marshall Field & Company and had 4,000,000 square feet of space.

Former president Barack Obama lives in what Chicago neighborhood?

Barack Obama lives in Hyde Park on Chicago's south side. Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago.

Which of the following is NOT a Chicago tourist destination?

The Statue of Liberty is NOT a Chicago tourist destination. Both Navy Pier and Millennium Park are popular tourist destinations.

The Willis Tower was once called what?

The Willis Tower was formerly known as the Sears Tower. The Willis Tower is a popular tourist destination because of its observation deck.

Which of the following is NOT one of Chicago's MLB teams?

The Indians are located in Cleveland, Ohio. Both the Cubs and the White Sox call Chicago home.

In what year was the Great Chicago Fire?

The Great Chicago Fire was in 1871. The fire killed hundreds of people and destroyed nearly three square miles of the city.

What is the name of Chicago's pro basketball team?

Chicago's pro basketball team is called the Bulls. The Bulls are at home at the United Center.

What is another name for a Chicago-style hot dog?

A Chicago-style hot dog might also be called a red hot. You might want to pair your dog with some duck fat fries.

True or False? Chicago has a pro soccer team.

Chicago does have a pro soccer team. In fact, Chicago has two pro soccer teams: the Fire and the Red Stars.

Chicago is also known as what?

Chicago is also known as Chi-town. That's pronounced "shy" town for those of you who aren't in the know.

What was Chicago gangster Al Capone's nickname?

Al Capone's nickname was Scarface. Capone is said to have given the order for the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.

Each year, Chicago dyes the Chicago River green to celebrate what holiday?

Each year, Chicago dyes the Chicago River green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. They have been doing this for more than 50 years.

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About This Quiz

So, you think you know all there is to know about Chicago? You might know quite a bit, but only a true Chicagoan knows all the secrets of the Windy City. If you think you can hang with a native Chicagoan, take this quiz to prove if you really know as much as you think you do about Chicago.

Chicago, Chi-town, the Windy City. These are all names for the great city of Chicago, located on the shore of the Great Lake of Michigan. Chicago got its name from a Native American word for "wild onion" or "wild garlic." The spelling of the city's name is actually an English version based on the phonetic spelling of the original word "shikaakwa" (hey, we'd have a hard time spelling that one, too!). Chicago has been the scene of several historical events, including a World's Fair, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and the Great Chicago Fire, which is said to have been started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow (we're not sure what the cow's name was). In reality, nobody really knows who or what started the fire, but the devastation included several hundred deaths and the destruction of more than three square miles of the city.

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