Chicago – a city of superlatives

With a population of 2.9 million and some 30 million U.S. and foreign visitors every year, the metropolis on Lake Michigan is not only a city of superlatives because of the Sears Towers and its impressive skyline. Chicago has the highest commercial office building (Merchandise Mart), the biggest aquarium (Shedd Aquarium), the biggest public library (Harold Washington Library Center), the largest museum of modern art (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the longest street (Western Avenue). The most important city in the Midwest of the United States is also known for the production of the first pair of roller skates in 1884, the first zipper in 1896, the first envelope with a window in 1902 and the first daily TV soap opera in 1949 (for more details, visit: