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WPC 2017: 10 Interesting Facts About Chicago

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Chicago is home to 552 parks.

Walt Disney was born in Chicago.

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The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris.

In the 1850s, the entire city was hydraulically raised several feet to fix a drainage problem.

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The word Chicago means wild garlic, which was derived from the local Native American word chicagoua for a garlic plant that grew in abundance on the south end of Lake Michigan on the wooded banks.

The first Open Heart Surgery was performed in Chicago

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Chicago River is the Only River in the World that Flows Backwards

The Twinkie was invented during the Depression by Chicagoan Jimmy Dewar, at the time, manager of Chicago's Continental Baking Company. The dessert was dubbed "Twinkie" after Dewar spotted an ad for Twinkle Toe Shoes. Originally filled with banana cream, but as they became scarce during WWII, vanilla cream was substituted.

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The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. 

Spray paint was invited in Chicago

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