Although Chicago is sometimes called "The Windy City", the draughts through the high-rise canyons are no stronger here than elsewhere in America. However, the skyscrapers do rise dramatically from the shores of Lake Michigan.
Chicago is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan in the U.S. state of Illinois. With almost 3 million inhabitants, it is the third largest city in the United States. Chicago is often referred to as the real America, because in the metropolis - a melting pot of most diverse cultures - the peaceful coexistence of different cultures is not only promoted but also lived. The cultural diversity of the population contributes substantially to the many local offerings in the areas of music, TV, film and sports.
In the early '20s, an economically caused migration movement and the closure of an entertainment district in New Orleans brought the centre of American music from the South to the North, or more specifically - to Chicago. Numerous legends such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Willie Dixon and R. Kelly have since worked in Chicago and were fascinated by the musical city. Even today, music styles are named after the city, for example, Chicago Blues or Chicago Jazz.
Also in architectural terms, "The Windy City" has much to offer. Downtown Chicago comes up with skyscrapers typical for major U.S. cities. The Willis Tower with its 442 meters is the tallest high-rise buildings in the country. In contrast, there are buildings dominated by other architectural styles: the Water Tower brings back memories of castles from the age of chivalry, or The Rookery, a building which combines Moorish, Byzantine and Romanesque influences. Those who has no relationship to the architecture may perhaps find more distraction in the various sports temples of the city. The Chicago Bears (American football), the Bulls (basketball), the Blackhawks (hockey), the Cubs and White Sox (baseball) provide the best sports entertainment.