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Chicago - United States
Country: United States
Chicago By The Numbers
Population: 2,897,000 (city); 9,785,000 (metropolitan)
Elevation: 578 ft / 176 m
Average Annual Rainfall: 36 in / 91 cm
Average Annual Snowfall: 38 in / 97 cm
Average January Temperature: 21°F/ -6°C
Average July Temperature: 73°F/ 23°C
Major Industries: Communications, Information Technology, Finance, Transportation
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs
Time Zone: GMT -6 ( GMT -5 daylight saving time ); Central Standard Time ( CST )
Country Dialing Code: 1
Area Code: 312 & 773
Did You Know?
Chicago's Windy City nickname has nothing to do with weather. It was coined in 1893 by Charles Dana, the editor of the New York Sun newspaper, in commenting on Chicago's politicians.
The claim that Catherine O'Leary's cow knocked over a lantern in the family barn caused the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is a myth. Chicago Republican reporter Michael Ahern admitting to fabricating that tale in 1893. Mrs O'Leary, who passed in 1895, spent the rest of her life thinking the fire was her fault.