Chicago, IL White Pages

The city of Chicago is located in the state of Illinois. Chicago is the principal city in the Chicago metropolitan area and is located in Cook County, although a smaller area surrounding the O’Hare International Airport spans into DuPont County.

Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States and the largest city in the American midwest. Also known as the Windy City, the motto of Chicago is urbs in horto, which is Latin for ‘city in a garden.’ Chicago was incorporated as a city on March 4th, 1837. 

The current mayor of Chicago is Lori Lightfoot, and the US Senators representing Chicago in Congress are Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Democrats.

The time zone in Chicago is Central Standard Time.

Chicago, Illinois Population

According to information from the US Census, the population of Chicago is approximately

2,693,976 million people.

Although Chicago is the third-largest city in the US, following Los Angeles and New York, Chicago has seen a decline in population over recent years, which experts attribute to increases in crime and rising living costs. Between 2017 and 2018, 7,000 residents left the Chicago area. 

Chicago Demographics

Gender

There are slightly more females than males currently living in Chicago.

Male Population 48.6%
Female Population 51.4%

Source: United States Census Bureau 

Race and Ethnicity

Chicago is a diverse city and is the second-largest city (with a population of over 100,000) in the United States when it comes to the population of African-Americans, following New York City.

Ethnicity Percentage of State Residents
White 49.4%
Black or African-American 30.1%
Hispanic or Latino 29%
Asian 6.4%
Multi-racial 2.7%
American-Indian or American-Eskimo 0.3%

Source: United States Census Bureau

Chicago Age By Population

The median age of a Chicago resident is 34.9 years old.

Age Percent of Population
Under 5 6.1%
5-17 13.6%
18-24 8.6%
25-34 16.4%
35-44 3.8%
45-54 3.9%
55-59 1.5%
60-61 0.7%
62-64 0.9%
65-74 2.3%
75 + 1.5%

Source: DataUSA.io 

Economics

The median income in Chicago is $57,238. The wage gap is higher in Chicago than in other areas in the United States. The average income of a male in Chicago is 1.33% higher than the average income of a female. More people live in poverty in Chicago than in other areas of the United States. The percentage of people living in poverty in Chicago is 19.5% compared to the national average of 10.5%.

Household Income Percentage of Population
Under 50k 42%
$50k - $100k 25%
$100k - $200k 22%
Over $200k  

 Source: Census Reporter

Marital Status

There are more single people in Chicago than married people, by a large margin.

Married Percentage of Population Single Percentage of Population
38% 62%

Source: Census Reporter

What Is Chicago Known For?

Chicago is known for its rich culture, which includes foods, sports, and music. 

Chicago Foods

Chicago is perhaps best known for ‘Chicago-style pizza,’ which is a deep-dish pizza. Chicago is also well known for it’s Chicago style hot dog, a beef frank on a poppyseed bun with multiple toppings, including a pickle, relish, onions, and tomatoes.

Chicago Sports Teams

Chicago has many famous sports teams. The basketball team, the Chicago Bulls, became a worldwide phenomenon in the 90s when NBA legend, Michael Jordan, played the shooting guard position. With Jordan, the Chicago Bulls won 6 championships.

Chicago Cubs is the baseball team for Chicago, and they’ve won 3 World Series championships, most recently in 2016.

The NFL team for Chicago is the Chicago Bears, and the NHL team is the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago’s Music Scene

Chicago has a long history of being a cultural center for music. Chicago is well known for jazz and soul music, and iconic artists such as Muddy Waters and Nat King Cole hailed from Chicago. In recent years, “Chi-Town” refers to the hip-hop music scene in Chicago, which has produced famous artists like Kanye West, Twista, Common, and Chance the Rapper.

Chicago Landmarks

Chicago is well known for its towering skyscrapers. The first skyscraper was built in Chicago. The Home Insurance Building, built in 1885, was 10 stories and 180 feet tall. It was eventually demolished in 1931. Now, the most famous skyscraper in Chicago is the Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sear Tower, which was the tallest building in the United States until 2013, when it was surpassed by One World Trade Center in New York City. The Willis Tower is 1,450 feet tall and 150 stories. It’s currently the twenty-third tallest building in the world.

Chicago is also known for Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Famous People From Chicago

The following is a list of famous people from Chicago:

  • Robin Williams
  • Anthony Davis
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Michelle Obama
  • Harrison Ford
  • Walt Disney
  • John Belushi
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Bobby Fischer
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Tina Fey
  • Bill Murray
  • Kanye West
  • Vince Vaughn
  • John Cusack

Common Questions About Chicago

What’s The Weather Like In Chicago?

The climate in Chicago is classified as hot-summer humid continental. This is categorized by hot summers and cold winters, with rich fall colors in the Autumn months. 

The driest months in Chicago are January and February, and the wettest months are July and August. 

The climate in Chicago is greatly influenced by the proximity of the city to Lake Michigan. The large thermal mass of Lake Michigan moderates temperatures, creating cooler summers and warmer winters.

Why Is Chicago Called The Windy City?

Despite it’s moniker, Chicago is not windier than other cities. In fact, meteorological surveys have often found that cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco experience higher winds than Chicago. 

The name is said to have originated in 1890. At the time, Chicago was competing with New York City to host the 1893 World Fair, and a New York journalist named Charles Dana is said to have remarked “nonsensical claims of that windy city.” The jab was aimed at politicians and boastful citizens who were “full of hot air.” 

It’s not confirmed that the Windy City moniker came directly from Dana, as other references to Chicago being “that Windy City” date back to 1870s. However, the name was always used to reference the frigid wind that blew off Lake Michigan as well as the bluster of the proud residents. But the Chicago World Fair in 1893, popularized the nickname, which stuck to the present day.

Who Founded Chicago?

Chicago was founded by Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable, born in Haiti in 1750 and died in 1818.

Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable was a black American pioneer who went to the Great Lakes during the 1770s, and settled on the shore of Lake Michigan near the Chicago River, with his wife, Kittihawa who was from the Potawatomi tribe of Native Americans.

Who Were Some Famous Chicago Criminals?

Chicago has a historic past, and was a hotspot for mafia activity during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s. Famous gangsters from Chicago include Al Capone and John Dillinger. The infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre occured in Lincoln Park. 

Prior the the 1920s, Chicago gained infamy in the late 1800s for being home to H.H. Holmes and his ‘Murder Castle.’ H.H. Holmes is often considered one of the first serial killers, and is said to have killed at least 27 people. He built an elaborate and terrifying hotel for the Chicago World Fair, which contained hidden passageways, gas chambers, secret rooms, and a crematorium in the basement which he used to dispose of his victim’s bodies.

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