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The Greater Chicago area is also known as the Chicago metropolitan area, or ‘Chicagoland’ as it is commonly called within the area. This is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. The greater Chicago area comprises the surrounding region that is closely linked to the city through social, economic, and cultural ties. The Greater Chicago area is the third-largest in the United States. It is only passed in size by New York and Los Angeles. There are roughly ten million people in this metropolitan region of Chicago.
Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, tourism, telecommunications, and transportation. O’Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements. Tourism is important, as is trade. The city is the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Chase Bank. It is also home to major financial and futures exchanges, including the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which is owned, along with the Chicago Board of Trade by Chicago’s CME Group. The Greater Chicago area offers many opportunities for office space to rent.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Lake Michigan is the largest freshwater lake that is located entirely within the United States. This lake provides lots of public access to sandy beaches. You can sunbathe, swim, have a picnic, play volleyball, jog or ride a bike on the trails on any of the 33 beaches within the city limits. The northern suburbs of the city have even more beaches available. Chicago deep dish pizza is a world-famous specialty of the area. There are nationally-known favourite restaurants in the area that include Pizzeria UNO and DUE, Gino’s East, Giordano’s, and Lou Malnati’s, but there are also several home-grown, local favourites.
The nearest major airport to Greater Chicago Area is Chicago Midway International Airport located 9 miles from Chicago’s center. Another major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The city has metro, bus, and train service, along with some trolleys and ferries, as part of its public transportation network. Chicago’s Union Station is the hub of Amtrak’s Midwestern routes, making Chicago one of the most convenient U.S. cities to visit by train.