Illinois Local Customs

  • Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Christkindlmarket Chicago
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  • Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Christkindlmarket Chicago
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  • Christkindlmarket Chicago
    Christkindlmarket Chicago
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Illinois Local Customs

  • Festivals & Holidays

    Chicago Local Customs

    Christkindlmarket is a German Christmas market at Daley Plaza that runs from around Thanksgiving to Christmas each year. If you are in Chicago around this time, be sure to stop by. Sample a variety of food and drink from Germany, including bratwurst, schnitzel, leberkaese, potato pancake, stollen, and gluehwein. There are also a variety of vendors...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    Chicago Local Customs

    Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, and continuing until Christmas Day, there is an old world outdoor German Winter Market in Daley Plaza. It's so much fun, I go there every year, and am always bringing new friends! The Christkindlmarket is full of booths of special gifts to buy, and German foods and drinks! There are hot pretzels, German holiday...

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  • People

    Chicago Local Customs

    Chicago lies in the midwest of the US and is considered an almost exemplary city of this region. As such, it tends to carry those midwestern values such as being helpful. Of course, you'll still find rude people in Chicago (some taxi drivers, some bus drivers) but you'll find rude people anywhere you go. For the most part, I found people were...

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  • History

    Chicago Local Customs

    On May 24, 1924 14 year old Bobby Franks was walking home from school when he was kidnapped and killed by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who were looking to commit the perfect crime. Bobby Franks could have been anyone, he wasn't their particular target, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Leopold and Loeb were wealthy, they were young, 19...

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  • Theater & Music

    Chicago Local Customs

    State Street is once again thronged with holiday shoppers, and now you can see street puppet theatre in small "carts". (I'm sure Mayor Daley makes sure that they are licensed.) This one featured a "Punch and Judy" story - its always fun to watch someone getting wacked on the head.

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  • Inventions

    Chicago Local Customs

    THINGS THAT WERE INVENTED IN CHICAGO vacuum cleaner [1869] elevated railway [1883] skyscrapers [1885] softball [1887] open heart surgery [1893] ferris wheel [1893] zipper [1896] fixed trunnion bascule bridge [1902] electric washing machine [1910] pinball machine [1931] twinkie [1931] spray paint [1949]

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  • "Flamingo"

    Alexander Calder's Flamingo is a 53-foot-high (16-meter-high), 50-ton (45,359-kilogram) steel sculpture that is the centerpiece of the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building on South Dearborn Street. It was constructed by Calder in 1973 and was unveiled in 1974. Flamingo was painted in a shade of vermilion, which has come to be...

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  • "Four Seasons"

    Marc Chagall's Four Seasons is a mosaic mural that was donated to the City of Chicago by philanthropist Frederick Prince. It was dedicated in 1974 and was restored and covered with a protective glass canopy in 1994. The mural covers a rectangular box 70 feet (21 meters) long, 14 feet (four meters) high, and ten feet (three meters) wide. It contains...

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  • "Chicago"

    Originally called The Sun, the Moon and One Star, Joan Miró's Chicago is a stylized female form that represents the City of Chicago. The 39-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) sculpture was constructed of steel wire mesh covered with concrete and decorated with bronze and ceramic-tile ornaments. It was commissioned by the city in 1979 and was unveiled in...

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  • "Monument With Standing Beast"

    Monument With Standing Beast by Jean Dubuffet looms over the plaza outside the James R. Thompson Center (formerly the State of Illinois Center) on West Randolph Street. It is one of three Dubuffet monumental sculptures in the United States. The 29-foot-high (nine-meter-high) sculpture was constructed of ten tons (9,072 kilograms) of white...

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  • "The Picasso Sculpture"

    Rising 50 feet (15 meters) and weighing 162 tons (146,964 kilograms), "The Picasso Sculpture" is an untitled monumental sculpture that was created by Pablo Picasso. Dedicated in 1967, it was the first major public sculpture to be erected in downtown Chicago. Since it is untitled, people refer to it as "The Picasso Sculpture" or simply as "The...

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  • State Flower – Purple Violet

    Viola sororiaIn 1907, Illinois schoolchildren voted to select the state flower and selected the Violet. The General Assembly approved a bill to make this selection official in 1908.The Purple Violet (also known as Common Blue Violet) is a native perennial plant that flowers from mid- to late spring, and lasts about 1-1½ months.

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  • State Bird – Northern Cardinal

    Cardinalis cardinalisThe Northern Cardinal is a medium-sized songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down. Male cardinals are bright red all over, with a reddish bill and black mask on their faces immediately around the bill. Females are light...

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  • Head west to the Midwest

    If you were to draw an imaginary line from the suburbs of Chicago to Champaign, then to Springfield and on to St. Louis, and if you then stayed on the northwestern side of that line, I would say you are probably culturally in the Midwest. The Midwest isn't the most exciting part of the US, but it is kind of fun and quirky in its own way. People...

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  • Head south to the South

    As you drive southwards in Illinois out of Chicago, the presumed starting point for most people, you gradually move from one cultural region to another. You transition from a city, through suburbs, to the Midwest, to the South. Somewhere around an imaginary line between Springfield and Effingham you begin the change from the midwest to the South....

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  • Big Green Flood Gates in Galena

    I did not know where else to put this interesting information about the solution to the floods in Galena.While in Galena, we took a tour and were most interested in the big Green flood gates.To look at the Galena River as it is today, it seemed unlikely to us that it would be the cause of flooding. Yet, we were told that Galena had created a levy...

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  • Variety is the "Spice" of Illinois

    Click photo because it is a PANORAMICThe variety of life in Illinois results from the state's special geographic position and geologic history. Along its north-south axis, Illinois is one of the longest states in the Midwest. Thus, the north has cooler summers and colder winters; the south has mild winters and hot summers. These mixed temperatures...

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  • Our State Symbols & What They Mean

    You can tell a great deal about a state by its choice of Symbols, its Famous People, & its Reputation as a 'body of People.First, & most importantly, the "body of people" in the State of Illinois are known for being friendly & helpful. That Midwestern, downhome attitude is refreshing.It is the children of Illinois who have chosen the State...

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  • Dumb Illinois LawsYou may be...

    Dumb Illinois LawsYou may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of 'eavesdropping' on your own conversation. -720 ILCS 5/14-2.You must contact the police before entering the city in an...

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  • Chicago is a great American...

    Chicago is a great American melting pot. One can meet a person from virtually every corner of the globe.If you like human and cultural variety, you will love Chicago's athmosphere.Dont be surprised to interact with wild animals - they are a part of this city too:}:}:}

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  • one way not to greet people in...

    one way not to greet people in illinois is with the bird or your middle finger pointing up in some parts of the state people carry guns they wiil shoot it off your hand and watch when driving on the roads people are not very polite on road manners they wiil go through red lites, pass when should not and tailgate on you.

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  • I honestly don't think you...

    I honestly don't think you could make a mistake, referring to dress, tipping, language, or whatever, while you're in Illinois. With Chicago and St Louis (Missouri) as the two major cities, Illinois is a true crossroads of the USA. Come as you are! And be most welcomed! I've been advised to wear leather shoes and black pants while visiting Madrid,...

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