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You Know You're From Chicago When - Share Your Response
We've gathered more than 30 great responses to the line "You Know You're from Chicago When. . ." What's your response?

University of Chicago - 10 Great Things to See and Do
The University of Chicago is one of the premiere educational institutions in the country, and boasts more than 80 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty, researchers, and students. It's also a lovely and historic Gothic campus, which is always worthy of a stroll. Find tips to get the most out of your visit. All of the choices on this list are generally open to the public.

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Chicago Pictures - Chicago Picture Galleries - Chicago Photos
See hundreds of Chicago pictures and photo galleries with these photos of Chicago people, Chicago events, Chicago places, and more.

Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic - History
Read a brief history of the famous Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic that has been taking place on Chicago's south side for more than 80 years.

Barack Obama Photos - The Run for President and Election Night 2008
On an icy, February day in Springfield, Illinois, Barack Obama launched his bid for President with these words:

Barack Obama Inauguration - January 20, 2009
See photos from Barack Obama's Inauguration held on Janaury 20, 2009.

Barack Obama Inauguration Concert - "We Are One" Photos
See photos from the opening celebration of Barack Obama's Inauguration. The inaugural concert was called "We Are One."

Chicago Viaduct Mary
See photos and learn the exact location of the Chicago Virgin Mary image located in a viaduct. (These photos are of the vandalized Virgin Mary with a blue devil painted on top of it.)

The Hull-House Museum
The Hull-House Museum is a Chicago Landmark and commemorates the work and life of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jane Addams.

Chicago Prepares for a Barack Obama Election Night Rally in Grant Park
See photos of Chicago preparing for Barack Obama's Election Night rally in Grant Park.

The Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, IL - Profile
Learn more about the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. It is a National Historic Landmark.

Barack Obama Pictures - Obama in Chicago
See pictures of Barack Obama is his hometown of Chicago, IL, including photos of the Obama home, Obama eating lunch with Mayor Richard Daley, Obama in a White Sox uniform, and more.

Barack Obama at the University of Chicago Law School
The University of Chicago released an official statement on the role Barack Obama played at their law school. Read the full text here.

Adler Planetarium's Statement on Obama-McCain Debate
Read the Adler Planetarium's statement in response to the October 7, 2008 Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Pictures of Barack Obama Annoucing Joe Biden as his VP
Pictures of the rally where U.S. Senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama (D-IL) named U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) his vice presidential running mate.

Barack Obama's Bid for the White House - Announcement to Nomination
A picture timeline of U.S. Senator Barack Obama and his bid to become U.S. President. This photo timeline runs from his announcement to run to his acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Ten Great Things to Do in Lincoln Park
So many of the city's highlights are located in Lincoln Park that it is hard to recommend just ten, but this list will get you headed in the right direction.

Clarke House Pictures - Photos of Chicago's Oldest Building
Take a photo tour of Henry B. Clarke's house, which is located at 1855 S. Indiana Avenue. It's considered the city's oldest surviving building.

Lincoln Park Pictures - A Photo Tour
Take a photo tour of one of Chicago's thriving north side neighborhoods.

Chinatown Pictures - A Photo Tour
See pictures of Chicago's Chinatown and its unique and historic architecture. It's the largest Chinatown in the Midwest and home to more than 8000 residents.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago
This site, maintained by the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University, is a seemingly bottomless and searchable resource of Chicago information, facts, figures, photos, and history.

Chicago Crime Statistics
A database of Chicago crimes searchable by street name, ward, zip code, crime type, date, police district, city map, and more. This site is a non-profit effort that has received numerous journalism awards, and it is NOT affiliated with the Chicago Police Department.

The Chicago History Files Home
An online photo tour of some of Chicago's most notorious people and phenomenal events created by the Chicago History Museum. Learn more about Al Capone, the Great Chicago Fire, Fort Dearborn, the Pullman Era, both World's Fairs, and the Black Sox.

The Chicago History Museum
Chicago's institution dedicated to preserving and exploring Chicago's history. Find hours, exhibits, classes, kids' activities, and more.

City of Chicago History & Facts Listings
The city of Chicago's listings of events, facts, figures, and resources for exploring Chicago's history.

Chicago Women's History
Biographical information about the history of prominent women in Chicago created by the Chicago Public Library.

History of Chicago Blues Online Tour Narrated by Buddy Guy
Download an online audio tour of Chicago's blues history narrated by Buddy Guy and created by the City of Chicago.

Timeline of the History of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
A timeline of the history of the CSO and Orchestra Hall created by the CSO. Begins in 1890 and continues up to 2000.

Chicago Neighborhood and Community Newspapers
Find Chicago's neighborhood and community newspapers here.

10 Great Things to See in Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood Neighborhood
The Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago is rich in natural beauty, intellectuals, and must-see cultural gems. Now, it also gets billing as home to the President of the United States Barack Obama. Learn more about this popular south side neighborhood and get great tips for planning your visit.

Chicago Neighborhoods, Community Areas, Wards – Maps and FAQs
What is the difference between a Chicago neighborhood and a Chicago community area? What exactly are wards? Find answers, see maps, and more with this Chicago FAQ answer sheet.

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