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Chicago Trivia
13th Ammendment
Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery (1865).
16 Billion Oreos
The world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago.
Abraham Lincoln Battalion
The Abraham Lincoln Battalion was a group of young volunteers from the U.S. who fought on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War.

Composed largely of communists with no military experience, the battalion fought from January 1937 to November 1938.
Adler Planetarium
The Adler Planetarium (located on Chicago's Museum Campus) was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere.
Air and Rail
Chicago is the railroad capital of the world.

It also established itself as the world's largest aviation center with the opening of O'Hare Airport.

In addition to handling more passengers than any other airport (67 million in 1995), it has the world's largest parking garage.
American Nobel Prize
The head of the University of Chicago physics department, Albert Michalson, received the first American Nobel Prize for science in 1907. The University of Chicago has more Nobel Laureates associated with it than any other institution (64). In 1942, the University of Chicago became the site of the world's first controlled atomic reaction.
On April 3, 1848, the Chicago Board of Trade was opened at 101 South Water Street by 82 local businessmen.
Bear Cub
The first animal purchased for the Lincoln Park Zoo (on Chicago's north side) was a bear cub, bought for $10 on June 1st, 1874.
Big Impression
The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.
Big Shedd
Chicago's Oceanarium is the world's largest indoor marine mammal pavilion and doubles the size of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, which is the largest indoor aquarium in the world.
Biological Specimens
By 1992 the collection in the storage vaults of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History had grown to 19,430,005 biological specimens, 9,886,646 of which were insects.
Birth of Lincoln Park
In 1864 Lincoln Park was designated as a recreational area. The 120-acre cemetery at the site had most of its graves removed and was expanded to include more than 1,000 acres of woodlands, bridle paths, playgrounds, golf courses, and museums. The cemetery had held the bodies of nearly 10,000 Confederate Civil War soldiers who had died in Chicago prisons. They were relocated to other cemeteries in 1870.
Books from the Queen
In 1871 Queen Victoria and the people of Britain shipped cartons of books to Chicago. English novelist Thomas Hughes helped organize the books, which were the basis of the city's first library.
Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain (donated by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother) was dedicated on August 26, 1927.

The largest ornamental fountain in the world, it pushes 14,000 gallons of water a minute through 133 jets.
Buckingham Fountain II
Chicago is home to the world's largest ornamental fountain: Buckingham Fountain, in Grant Park.
C.D. Peacock Jewelers
C. D. Peacock jewelers was founded in 1837. It is the oldest Chicago business still in existence today.
Candy Capital
Chicago is the candy capital of the world, with such giants as Tootsie Roll, E.J. Brach and Sons, and Fannie May Candies. Chicagoland is also home to the nation's number one restaurant company (McDonald's) and the number one food processor (Kraft).
Charles Lindbergh
In 1926, a young pilot named Charles Lindbergh initiated an airmail service between Chicago and St. Louis.

And this was before O'Hare or Midway!
Chicago Auditorium
The Chicago Auditorium opened December 9, 1889 with Adeline Patti singing "Home, Sweet Home" to an audience that included President Harrison.
Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is the first free, municipal cultural center in the U.S. It is also home to the world's largest Tiffany Dome.
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