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Chicago ( (listen) shih-KAH-goh, locally also shih-KAW-goh), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles. With a population of 2,746,388 in the 2020 census, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the fifth-most populous city in North America. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second-most populous U.S. county and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is one of the 40 largest urban areas in the world.

Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. It grew rapidly in the mid-19th century; by 1860, Chicago was the youngest U.S. city to exceed a population of 100,000. Even after 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, Chicago's population grew to 503,000 by 1880 and then doubled to more than a million within the decade. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, and by 1900, less than 30 years after the fire, Chicago was the fifth-largest city in the world. Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles (including the Chicago School of architecture), the development of the City Beautiful Movement, and the steel-framed skyscraper.Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts, issued by the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is part of the largest and most diverse derivatives market in the world, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures alone. O'Hare International Airport is routinely ranked among the world's top six busiest airports according to tracked data by the Airports Council International. The region also has the largest number of federal highways and is the nation's railroad hub. The Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products (GDP) in the world, generating $689 billion in 2018. The economy of Chicago is diverse, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce. It is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Allstate, Archer Daniels Midland, Boeing, Caterpillar, Conagra Brands, Exelon, JLL, Kraft Heinz, McDonald's, Mondelez International, Motorola Solutions, Sears, United Airlines Holdings, US Foods, and Walgreens.Chicago's 58 million tourist visitors in 2018 set a new record. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Grant Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago is also home to the Barack Obama Presidential Center being built in Hyde Park on the city's South Side. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, literature, film, theater, comedy (especially improvisational comedy), food, dance, including modern dance and jazz troupes and the Joffrey Ballet, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music. Chicago is also the location of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Of the area's colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams.

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July 4, 2022

5 People Reported Dead, 16 Wounded in Shooting at Fourth of July Parade in Illinois

Over 20 people were reportedly shot Monday morning during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb 25 miles north of downtown Chicago.

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June 29, 2022

R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in New York Sex Trafficking Conviction | Billboard News

The “Ignition” artist also faces child porn and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago.

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June 29, 2022

Lil Reese Arrested Last Month for Aggravated Assault

The Chicago-born rapper was taken into custody on May 19 in Harris County, Texas. Jail records show his next court appearance is set for mid-August.

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June 29, 2022

R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in New York Sex Trafficking Conviction

The "Ignition" artist also faces child porn and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago.

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June 29, 2022

Dayna Roman’s Middle Eastern roots, Chicago house sensibilities intertwine on ‘Sahara’

In a titillating, sultry soundscape that translates the heat of the Sahara desert to house technics, Dayna Roman orchestrates the genre’s collision with Middle Eastern inflection. Their interplay has been a hallmark of her sound, through which the 24-year-old producer has paid tribute to her Middle Eastern roots since her October 2020 breakout, “My Love.”... Read More ▸ The post Dayna Roman’s Middle Eastern roots, Chicago house sensibilities intertwine on ‘Sahara’ appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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June 28, 2022

Nnamdï Announces New Album Please Have a Seat, Shares New Song: Listen

“I Don’t Wanna Be Famous” marks the Chicago musician’s Secretly Canadian debut

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June 27, 2022

R. Kelly Supporter Arrested for Threatening Prosecutors, Accepting Payments for Ammunition

Christopher Gunn, who made an initial court appearance in Chicago on Monday, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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June 24, 2022

Lil Durk Seemingly Raps About 6ix9ine Ambushing Lookalike Perkioo on ‘7220’ Deluxe

On the song "Huuuh," from the deluxe version of '7220,' Lil Durk seemingly raps about 6ix9ine ambushing the Chicago native's lookalike, Perkioo.

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June 23, 2022

Pitchfork Music Festival Teams With Advocates for Urban Agriculture

A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit the Chicago-based organization that empowers urban growers

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June 22, 2022

‘Honestly, Nevermind’ producer Gordo talks house music influence on new Drake album: “We started it”

“We all know that house music back in the day in Chicago and Detroit comes from the Black community and gay community” The post ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ producer Gordo talks house music influence on new Drake album: “We started it” appeared first on NME.

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June 22, 2022

What Do the Stars Say to You

The veteran Chicago dance producer sets aside club conventions in favor of an ultra-smooth hybrid of house, disco, jazz, and new age.

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June 21, 2022

Makaya McCraven Announces New Album, Shares New Song “Seventh String”: Listen

The Chicago-based percussionist’s next LP, In These Times, is out in September

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June 17, 2022

20 Questions With Felix da Housecat: On Prince, Chicago & Why ‘I Take My Music Serious, But I Don’t Take Myself Serious’

"I just do what hits me from the ether, what God puts it in my spirit, and I just roll from there," says the legendary Chicago producer.

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June 16, 2022

John Hinckley Jr.’s ‘Redemption Tour’ Dates Canceled in Connecticut, Chicago & Brooklyn

Hinckley was released from court supervision this week, 41 years after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

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June 15, 2022

Naked Woman Arrested After Allegedly Attacking Cop and Running Him Over With His SUV

A 34-year-old woman reportedly attacked a Chicago Police officer before stealing his SUV and driving over him in an attempt to escape—all while nude.

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June 14, 2022

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 Set Times Revealed

Tickets are still available to this year’s festival, which happens in Chicago next month

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June 12, 2022

Occasional Rain

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the winding and mystic 1972 album from the Chicago jazz and folk singer-songwriter.

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June 11, 2022

Chicago Police Officer Resigns Amid 'Scrutiny' After Viral Video Shows His Manhandling Black Woman

Officer Bruce Dyker has resigned after he was put on desk duty for a complaint brought against him last year where he was accused of excessive force.

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June 10, 2022

Tim Anderson Opens Up About the MLB and Black Players: "It Definitely Lacks a Lot of Culture."

Chicago White Sox star shortstop Tim Anderson opens up about the lack of culture in the MLB and the scarcity of Black players in the league.

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June 10, 2022

Rapper FBG Cash Reportedly Fatally Shot in Chicago

The shooting took place early Friday morning and also saw a woman suffer injuries, according to police. The suspect is said to have fled the scene.

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June 10, 2022

Twista Opens Up About His Ventriloquism Skills: 'My Goal Is to Be Able to Make a Puppet Rap'

Twista might hold the Guinness World Record for fastest English-language rapper, but it turns out the Chicago native has another major skill, too.

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June 8, 2022

J-Hope Joins Metallica, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat as Lollapalooza 2022 Headliners

Four-day Chicago fest will also feature J. Cole, Green Day, Lil Baby, and more

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June 7, 2022

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 After Shows Announced

L’Rain, Chubby & the Gang, SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE, the Armed, and more join the festivities July 15-17 in Chicago

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June 6, 2022

Chief Keef Teams With BMG to Launch New Label 43B, Announces Lil Gnar as First Signee

Chicago legend Chief Keef has teamed up with RBC Records/BMG to launch his own record label 43B. Its first signee is Atlanta rapper Lil Gnar.

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June 6, 2022

Versions of Modern Performance

Chicago’s Horsegirl mines a loose-limbed indie rock sound on their debut album, with an assist from some members of Sonic Youth.

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June 2, 2022

Horsegirl Are Reviving Indie-Rock Tradition — And Reimagining It

On their first album, the Chicago trio are dead serious about returning a classic sound to its brazen roots

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June 2, 2022

Phil Lesh, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline Announce “Philco” Set at Chicago Festival

The Phil Lesh & Friends’ set at Sacred Rose will be a one-of-a-kind performance in Wilco’s hometown billed under a vanity name

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June 2, 2022

Win VIP tickets, swag pack, and meet LP Giobbi at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival [Contest]

Enter to win Dancing Astronaut's exclusive giveaway for two VIP tickets to North Coast Music Festival, a meet and greet, and more. The post Win VIP tickets, swag pack, and meet LP Giobbi at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival [Contest] appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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June 2, 2022

First Look at This Year's 'Chicago' Air Jordan 1 High

The 'Chicago' Air Jordan 1 is finally making its long-awaited return during Holiday 2022, featuring a vintage look and a shape closer to the original from 1985.

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June 1, 2022

Hitgirl

The Chicago rapper’s collaborative album with Hit-Boy is confident and playful, balancing her lyrical prowess with more vulnerable, R&B-influenced material.

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Discs

Firecracker

June 7, 2022

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If This Is Goodbye

May 20, 2022

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Chicago at Carnegie Hall - Complete (Live)

September 21, 2021

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Free (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 4/10/1971) [Early Show]

September 9, 2021

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Elegy (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 4/6/1971)

September 8, 2021

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25 Or 6 To 4 (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 4/5/1971)

September 7, 2021

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Someday (August 29, 1968) [Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, 4/5/1971]

May 28, 2021

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25 or 6 to 4 (GoArmy Remix)

July 24, 2020

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Chicago Christmas (2019)

October 11, 2019

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Chicago II - Live on Soundstage

June 29, 2018

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Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do)

April 6, 2018

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More Today Than Yesterday

June 22, 2017

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Now (Chicago XXXVI)

July 8, 2014

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The Nashville Sessions

April 26, 2013

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Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three

October 4, 2011

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Live in '75

January 24, 2011

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Alive Again

November 22, 2010

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Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus

June 13, 2008

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Chicago XXX

March 21, 2006

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Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be, Santa?

October 14, 2003

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Chicago XXVI: Live in Concert

October 12, 1999

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Night & Day: Big Band

May 23, 1995

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Twenty 1 (Expanded Edition)

January 29, 1991

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Chicago 19 (Expanded Edition)

June 20, 1988

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Chicago 19

June 20, 1988

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Chicago 18 (Expanded Edition)

September 29, 1986

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Chicago 18

September 29, 1986

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Chicago 17 (Expanded Edition)

May 14, 1984

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Chicago 17 (Expanded & Remastered)

May 14, 1984

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Hard Habit to Break / Remember the Feeling

January 1, 1984

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Chicago 16 (Expanded Edition)

June 7, 1982

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Chicago 16 (Expanded & Remastered)

June 7, 1982

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Chicago XIV (Expanded & Remastered)

July 21, 1980

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Chicago 13 (Expanded & Remastered)

August 13, 1979

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Hot Streets (Expanded & Remastered)

October 2, 1978

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Chicago XI

September 12, 1977

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Chicago X

June 14, 1976

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Live In Japan

January 1, 1975

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Chicago VIII (Expanded & Remastered)

January 1, 1975

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Chicago VII (Expanded & Remastered)

March 11, 1974

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Chicago VI (Expanded & Remastered)

June 25, 1973

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Chicago V (Expanded & Remastered)

July 10, 1972

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Saturday in the Park (2022 Remaster)

January 1, 1972

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At Carnegie Hall

October 25, 1971

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Chicago III

January 11, 1971

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Chicago II (Steven Wilson Remix)

January 26, 1970

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Chicago II

January 26, 1970

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Chicago Transit Authority

April 28, 1969

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Chicago Transit Authority (50th Anniversary Remix)

January 1, 1969

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