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Welcome to Chicago ...

The pronunciation of Chicago: shi-KAW-goh<1>

The city of Chicago is primarily located in Cook County and is the County Seat for Cook County. A portion of Chicago extends into DuPage County.

When the people of Chicago refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Chicagoan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Chicago has a population of 2,716,450 people<3> (see below for details).

Chicago was incorporated March 4, 1837.

The community of Chicago is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Chicago lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Chicago (for example, toward New Carlisle (IN)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Telephone area codes for Chicago: (312), (773) and (872).

The ZIP codes for Chicago: 60601-60626, 60628-60634, 60636-60641, 60643-60647, 60649, 60651-60657, 60659-60661, 60663-60665, 60667-60675, 60677-60681, 60683-60685, 60687, 60690-60691, 60693-60694, 60697, 60699, 60701<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chicago had a population of 2,695,598 people (which is 51.89% of the total population of Cook County). This makes Chicago the county's most populous community.

The population of Chicago represents 21.01% of the total population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,695,598 people, the population of Chicago decreased 6.92% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,896,016 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Chicago had an population of 2,716,450 people. This is an increase of 0.77% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 6.2% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chicago.

Communities near Chicago ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Chicago and not the distance if driven.<6>.

Community   2017
Berwyn   [Map]   55,550   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
Cicero   [Map]   82,552   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Des Plaines   [Map]   58,193   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Elmhurst   [Map]   46,662   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
Evanston   [Map]   74,756   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Glenview   [Map]   47,659   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Chicago.

Communities Also Named Chicago ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 9 communities that are also named Chicago - they are located in California, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Chicago.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chicago. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chicago. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chicago. Our list includes 1,504 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Chicago:

Websites for Chicago ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chicago ...

Looking for more information about Chicago? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chicago, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chicago.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Illinois

About Cook County

About Illinois

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Chicago:

The official website for Cook County:

The official website for State of Illinois:

Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Chicago refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Chicago may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chicago.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chicago - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Chicago). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Chicago or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Chicago includes: 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60605, 60606, 60607, 60608, 60609, 60610, 60611, 60612, 60613, 60614, 60615, 60616, 60617, 60618, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60622, 60623, 60624, 60625, 60628, 60629, 60630, 60631, 60632, 60633, 60636, 60637, 60638, 60639, 60640, 60643, 60644, 60645, 60646, 60649, 60651, 60652, 60653, 60654, 60655, 60656, 60659, 60660, 60663, 60664, 60667, 60668, 60669, 60670, 60671, 60672, 60673, 60674, 60677, 60678, 60679, 60680, 60683, 60684, 60687, 60690, 60693, 60697, 60699 & 60701.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Chicago. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chicago) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chicago. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chicago

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chicago. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8758, Longitude: -87.6361     [Map].

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