Backingham fountain and skyscrapers in Chicago.
CHICAGO is in many ways the nation's last great city. Sarah Bernhardt called it "the pulse of America" and, though long eclipsed by Los Angeles as the United States' largest center after New York, Chicago really does have it all, with less of the hassle and infrastructural problems of its coastal rivals. Founded in the early 1800s, Chicago grew up with the country, serving as the main connection between the established East Coast cities and the wide open Wild West frontier. This position on the sharp edge between civilization and wilderness made the city into a crucible of innovation; and many aspects of modern life, from skyscrapers to suburbia, had their start, and perhaps their finest expression, here on the shores of Lake Michigan. Despite burning to the ground in 1871, Chicago boomed thereafter, doubling in population every decade and reaching two million around 1900, swollen by Irish and eastern European immigrants (Chicago still has the second largest Polish population in the world, after Warsaw). In the early years of this century, it cemented a reputation as a place of apparently limitless opportunity, with jobs aplenty for those willing to work.---- from rough
  Chicago Town / Annemarie's Family
Christmas card