Did You Know? Chicago’s Vital Statistics

July 17, 2008 • Off-Topic


The following information was published in today’s WWD about our fair ‘Second City’…

Population (2006): 2.8 million

Visitor spending (2007): $10.9 billion

Number of jobs created by tourism: 129,700

Visitors (2007): 46.3 million

Passengers through O’Hare Airport, April 2008: 5.8 million

Miles of lakefront: 31

Miles of bathing beaches: 15

Number of museums: 54

Nicknames: “The Second City,” “The Windy City,”“City of Big Shoulders,” “The City That Works.”

Chicago Cubs attendance at Wrigley Field (2007): 3.3 million

Oldest Chicago business still operating: C.D. Peacock jewelers, founded in 1837.

Exhibition space at McCormick Place: 2.2 million square feet, the most of any convention center in the country.

Length of Western Avenue: 23.5 miles. It is the world’s longest street.

Sources for obtaining stats: Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, flychicago.com, Chicago
Convention and Tourism Bureau, ESPN, Corsinet.com, National Geographic,
Chicago Business

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