It wasn't too awfully long ago that people from other countries associated Chicago with Al Capone and later those "Lovable Losers," the Chicago Cubs. By the 1990's, one Michael Jordan put Chicago on the map for his glorious ways with a basketball, and more recently, the curse of the billy goat was flounced when the Cubs finally won the World Series. The losing is behind Chi but you can still experience one of the very few historic ballparks in the country at Wrigley Field.
Illustrious citizens in the city's past include the formidable Jane Addams whose work changed international and national public policy in a time when women were to be seen and not heard; George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company, who created a model neighborhood for his factory workers; and Frank Lloyd Wright, who needs no introduction but it's good to remind that his Robie House is a masterpiece of Prairie style architecture. Take the opportunity to visit the Chicago Cultural Center for a landmark that is anything but stuffy.