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,