Why Chicago? In addition to being the
birthplace of Rotary, Chicago is:
the birthplace of the blues, the
skyscraper, deep-dish pizza, the zipper, Cracker Jack, and roller
a mecca for sports fans, with seven
professional teams, including the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox
baseball teams, one of which will be playing at home during the RI
a shoppers paradise — from upscale
boutiques and department stores along the Magnificent Mile of North
Michigan Avenue, to colorful ethnic shops that line Chicago's
home to some of the 20th century's most
important architecture, including Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building,
Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall,
and buildings designed by Rotary Foundation alumnus Helmut Jahn and
other leading contemporary architects.
"Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), with
30 miles of lakefront beaches, parks, and golf courses — all open to the
a city of neighborhoods, each one with its
own ethnic flavor and tempo: African-American, Chinese, German, Greek,
Irish, Italian, Korean, Mexican, Polish, Ukrainian, and more. To visit
some of these colorful areas, sign up for neighborhood tours.
a town that stays up late with live music
of every type, theater, dancing, and late-night restaurants.
holder of the following titles: world's
largest illuminated fountain (Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park),
world's busiest futures exchange (Board of Trade), world's largest
collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris (Art Institute of
- sister city to 22
other cities worldwide.