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The A-B-C’s Of Chicago

M is for Millennium Park. And J is for Jordan, obviously.

1. A - Art Institute

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The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world. But more importantly, it was the location of this famous scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

2. B - Buckingham Fountain

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Dedicated in 1927 and located in the center of Grant Park, this landmark is one of the largest fountains in the world. Imagine how many wishes it holds. Probably, just, so many.

3. C - Concerts

Lollapalooza, anyone?

4. D - Deep Dish Pizza

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It’s not the only pizza we eat, but we’ll happily defend its honor.

5. E - Elevated Train

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Known simply as “The L.” Sometimes Batman drives under it. Or rather, Bruce Wayne. *wink*

6. F - Ferris Wheel

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Fun Fact: The first ferris wheel was designed and constructed in Chicago. Suck it, posers!

7. G - Great Chicago Fire

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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 nearly destroyed the entire city and was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century. But we rebuilt and now we’re bigger and better because of it.

8. H - Hot Dog

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Our food is just better than yours. Now get out of here with that ketchup.

9. I - Improv

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Some of the greatest comedians of our time got their start at Chicago’s Second City club and it continues to be a launching point for up-and-coming funny people.

10. J - Jordan

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The greatest of all time.

11. K - Kanye West

The self-proclaimed greatest of all time. Thanks for the love, Yeezy.

12. L - Lake Shore Drive

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Chicago is super pretty, you guys.

13. M - Millennium Park

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We made a bean famous. A bean! Chicago is amazing.

14. N - Navy Pier

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Where you can ride the 150-foot ferris wheel, watch a Shakespearean play, take a scenic cruise, go shopping, watch an IMAX movie, and finish off the night with some food and a drink at the beer garden.

15. O - Oprah

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The queen of Chicago and daytime television. While on air, The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated talk show in American television history. You da man, Oprah.

16. P - Picasso

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Although no one is really sure what this sculpture truly represents (thanks for the ambiguity, Pablo), it has become a staple of the city.

17. Q - Quenneville

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Joel Quenneville, aka “Coach Q,” aka “The Mustache.”

18. R - River

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The most beautiful green river in the nation. And probably the world. (For a few days, at least). And when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, this river is still the coolest.

19. S - Sears Tower

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I’m sorry, but that’s what it’s called. “Willis Tower” is for tourists and for people who don’t know the name of this building.

20. T - Taste of Chicago

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The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, making it an incredible event to people-watch.

21. U - Union Station

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This is Chicago’s railroad station. There are many like it, but this one is Chicago’s.

22. V - Variety

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You want good food? Chicago’s got it. You want art? Chicago’s got it. You want to play chess before an outdoor football game and then go to a bar with dueling pianos? Well you can do that in Chicago.

23. W - Wrigley Field

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The ivy and the atmosphere make Wrigley “The Friendly Confines” of Chicago. There’s really no place like the home of the Cubbies.

24. X - Super Bowl XX

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The ‘85 Chicago Bears dominated the New England patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. It was the greatest football team ever of all time in the history of the universe.

25. Y - “You Guys”

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You guys know what I’m talking about.

26. Z- Zoo

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The Lincoln Park Zoo has tons of animals, including but not limited to polar bears, leopards, lions, a baby rhino, and the nation’s mascot, a bald eagle.

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