Due to its geographic position, Chicago used to be the crossroad of all the roads, canals, railways and airlines.
During the period of Prohibition the city gained notoriety due to activity of such gangsters like Al Capone.
The City has always been the centre of culture. All through the year it holds festivals, exhibitions, parades, new shows of theatre, dance-clubs, art and all types of music shows. The famous Institute of Art is proud of its enormous collection of French Impressionists. The city is associated with names of such famous people as Ernest Hemingway, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright who either were born in the place or worked there.
The world's first steel-framed skyscraper, the Reliance Building, was raised in Chicago. Not less famous is its Millennium Park.
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