The nickname Chicago as a city comes from the Iroquois word “chicli” which means wind. The city was founded in the year 1673 and was made a city charter in 1787. The city went through many name changes before it finally became the third fastest growing city in the United States.
The city is located on the shores of the lake Michigan. Chicago is also known as the windy city for this reason. The city follows the temperate weather pattern throughout the year.
Chicago is a city of diverse cultural backgrounds. There are many traditions and cultural values in the city but the most important ones are theChicago Ethnosimilar to those of New York and Los Angeles.
Ethnosmopolitan Chicago is filled with people from all around the world. Ethnosmopolitan is a combination of Asian, European, African, and Latino. The area is also home to a large Mexican community due to its proximity to Arizona.
Chicago is a fascinating city because of its diverse history. The first European settlers arrived in the area of the city which is located on the shores of the lake. The area was once part of the Republic of Illinois, a part of the Prairie Republic.
The development of a transportation system and better handling of the resources were two of the key factors that turned the city into one of the foremost centers of commerce in the world.
Great strides were made in building the Chicago Rapid TransitPioneer Gothic Revival Arlington learned to fly in the world.
A commission was appointed to study the problem and come up with solutions. The commission came up with the idea of building a rapid transit system and suggested a line be built on the banks of theGreat Chicago River.
First trains were laid down on March 8, 1867. They ran from the downtown area to the Lincoln Park and increased in speed as they went. The system was completed 1871. A realized a need for people to get to the city center and started developing a transportation option for travelers to the all-but-dormant city.
First passenger cable car was the exhibited “First Train” in 1876 and was a significant technological development since the initial trains had to beighthouse- lubricated, pulled by windmills, and had only crudely-built wooden benches.
The electric powered, steam-driven, hand-cranked,eco-friendly elevated trains were their ultimate adaptation. But this green technology had its own limitation. During high braking and traffic conditions, the lanterns lost their torches, hence a need for a method to weld the lamp up to the ceiling, in order to avoid a dead junction. After another series of improvements, the system was largely functional, though incurring in much more loss in construction expenses.
It was so successful that it served as the model for many other rapid transit systems in different parts of the country, India, and Japan especially. Thus, much of the surrounding area now boasts of numerous rapid transit lines. In fact, the system of car-free city areas called Rowley- Carytown was modeled much after the successful Chicago Rapid Transit Company.
The system provided forest- and brush-grown areas, built up mostly during the late 1800s and early 1900s, which featured in their make-up tree-lined boulevards and avenues, making for splendid sight-seeing opportunities. The system as a whole, spread over almost 40 miles, was responsible for the Southbank Edificed Bridge and the Port to end all. By 1867, Salmon Pier had been developed, offering a second gateway to the business district; the pier being at the convergence point of Broadway, Lake Michigan, and Murray Street. The pier would later be used as a Woolworth’s factory during the late 1870’s up until the opening of the Desplain’s Island Railroad in 1886.
The opening of the elevated tracks across the river in December of 1870 attracted a great number of people, including many famous ones, and was the catalyst for business opportunities galore and a rapid population growth.
Less than twenty years after the opening of the elevated tracks, a thriving community could be seen developing, along with a corresponding increase in property values and construction costs.
Today, the community of Riverfront Village possesses a historic, cosmopolitan, and energetic atmosphere. Its contains luxury apartments, cozy hotels, conference and convention centers, and a state of the art convention center. The property is also home to several not-to-be-missed restaurants, shops and boutiques.
The original reason for the land purchase by Charles C. Thomas was to inexpensively create a diversified commercial base from which he could conduct his shrimp business. He initially had a working steam-driven dredge at his disposal, which converted its output into household gas. Theoutherland Gas Company served its purpose at a moral compromise: the pollution free river gave way to cleaner drinking water.