Chicago Trivia

Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, was raised in what is now known as Oz Park.



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Useful Links


Links to Chicago Life

» Official City & State Web Sites

» Guides To The City & Neighborhoods

» Museums

» Schools, Colleges, & Universities

» Transportation & Maps

» Newspapers

» Chicago Weather

» Theatre

Official City & State Web Sites

  • City of Chicago
    The City of Chicago official web site contains links to city government offices, facts, entertainment, what to see this week, and much more.

  • Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
    Find what you need as a business or leisure traveler to the city at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau site.

  • State of Illinois site
    For facts, information, and news concerning the state, visit the official State of Illinois site.

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Guides To The City & Neighborhoods

These are just a few of the many sites that provide links to much of what there is to see and do in the city:

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  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – don't miss the very cool exhibit of over 500 live butterflies in a 2700 square-foot greenhouse. (Although I've served on the Local Business Committee of the museum, I can't take credit for the butterflies!)

  • Chicago History Museum
    This is a must-visit for Midwest history buffs and anyone who enjoys history exhibits and old photographs!

  • Museum of Broadcast Communications
    In the beautiful Cultural Center (formerly the Chicago Public Library) is the Museum of Broadcast Communications, where you can experience American history through the sights and sounds of television and radio. The museum has a wonderful archive of the old Chicago favorites such as Fibber McGee and Molly, as well as its own closed-circuit television studio for playful newscaster auditions!

  • Field Museum
    (of Natural History) – read about Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. Rex ever!

  • Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
    fascinating sky shows in person and a good Web site for heavenly information

  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
    Controversial for importing Beluga whales from the ocean, the Shedd is nonetheless impressive for its collection of nearly 8,000 aquatic animals and its exhibit about the ecological balance of the Amazon River.

  • Museum of Science and Industry
    A little further south near 55th Street and Lake Shore Drive is the Museum of Science and Industry. This museum was originally the Palace of Fine Arts at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. View the online exhibits of the U-505 as well as age-old favorites: coal mine, baby chicks, and Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle.

  • The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Cultureis a favorite of mine because my parents immigrated to Chic
    is a favorite of mine because my parents immigrated to Chicago from Lithuania in 1920. The museum is one of the nation's leading ethnic museums, and it is a valuable resource for Lithuanian geneology. Visit in person at 6500 S. Pulaski, Chicago 60629; phone: (773) 582-6500.

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Schools, Colleges, & Universities

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Transportation & Maps

Public transportation in Chicago is so good that I have many friends who do not own a car. Biking on the lakeshore path, North Branch of the Chicago River and city streets is becoming more and more popular in our beautiful, flat city.
For those who do drive, traffic reports, maps, and directions can be invaluable tools to getting there (even for us men), wherever "there" may be.

  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
    "L" trains, subways, and buses

  • Metra
    trains to and from the suburbs

  • AmTrak
    trains to and from other parts of the state and country

  • Current Traffic Report
    for highway drivers

  • MapQuest
    to help you find how to get where you want to go

  • Active Transportation Alliance
    The Active Transportation Alliance (formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation) is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization and Chicagoland's voice for better biking, walking and transit.

  • The Chainlink
    A one-stop resource for Chicagoland cyclists to find rides and routes, share information and connect with other cyclists.

  • Chicago Cycling Club
    A social club dedicated to promoting safe group cycling while highlighting the city of Chicago as a viable place to tour.

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Chicago boasts over 100 syndicated and independent dailies and weeklies. These are just a few:

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Chicago Weather

In Chicago, it's either wet, dry, cold, hot, or pleasant. I hope you find the forecast of your choice with one of these links:

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