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Interesting facts about Chicago

•     Chicago is the third largest American city. It is in the state of Illinois on Lake Michigan. It was founded in the 1830s and quickly became the transportation, financial and industrial centre of the American Middle West.

•     The world's first skyscrapers appeared in Chicago. They were built after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The fire lasted 27 hours and destroyed 17,450 buildings.
•     During Prohibition Chicago was known for its gangsters. The most notorious of them was Al Capone. He had seven rival criminals murdered in the St Valentine's Day Massacre, but the police couldn't find enough evidence on which to arrest him. He was finally sent to prison in 1931 for not paying enough income tax.

15 March 2010
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