The Chicago Book Cover top left corner
Home |Manufacturing |Commercial Real Estate |Finance|Business Services |Entrepreneurs | Law | Entertainment | Sports & Recreation | Architecture | Art | Transportation Education |Food| Homes & Neighborhoods | Chicago Gives Back | Healthcare | The Perfect Visit |Made In Chicago | Retail & Restaurant | Demographics | Common Good
  Chicago Time: Find more about Weather in Chicago, IL  
email Contact Us
Business in Chicago:


Business Services

Commercial Real Estate


Retail & Restaurant



Life in Chicago:


Sports & Recreation






Homes & Neighborhoods

Chicago Gives Back


The Perfect Visit

Made In Chicago


Common Good

Common Good Title ImageCommon Good Title Text

Offices inside Chicago's CNA building are lit up in support for the White Sox. The building is flanked by the Sears Tower, left, and Buckingham Fountain, right.

  Richard J. Daley
Richard J. DaleyDa Mare. Recognized as the "last of the big city bosses," Daley served as Chicago mayor for 21 years. This Irish Catholic Bridgeport native led the city through the 20th Century's most politically tumultuous era (1955-1976).
  Donald Rumsfeld - Evanston
Donald Rumsfeld - Evanstonborn Rumsfeld. Served as U.S. Secretary of Defense under both the Gerald Ford and George W. Bush administrations. He is the youngest, oldest, and possibly most controversial person to hold the office.
  Harold Washington
Harold WashingtonChicago's first African-American mayor, Washington also served in the Illinois Senate and U.S. Congress. Many city facilities and institutions bear his name, including the main branch of the public library.
  Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable
The first permanent non-naive American settler in the region built camp somewhere near what is now the Michigan Avenue Bridge. This African American has a high school, harbor, museum, and park named in his honor.
  Jane Addams
Jane AddamsThe first American woman awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, Addams founded Chicago's Hull House and championed the social concerns of immigrants, children and women.
Common Good Featured Articles:
GovernmentGovernment Cook County Government
Named after an early Illinois statesman, Daniel Pope Cook, the county was created in 1831. Cook County government offices are found at the County Building on North Clark Street, and at the Richard J. Daley Center and Brunswick Buildings on West Washington Streets. More than 800 local governmental units oversee Cook County's 5.3 million people..
read more
Chicago's FinestChicago's Finest Chicago Police Department
For better or for worse, they were there during the gangster era; they were there at the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King and during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Their duties have ranged from doling out parking tickets on Michigan Avenue to apprehending serial killers like John Wayne Gacy. They are Chicago's finest. More than 13,000 men and women...
read more
ParksParks Cosmopolitan Chicagoans with a love for the outdoors have over 550 public parks for walking, running, skating, biking, picnics and play. The parks are managed by the Chicago Park District. Early Chicago philanthropists like Montgomery Ward and Marshall Field financially and politically supported preservation of the city's lakefront, which resulted in the spectacular crown jewel of Chicago - Grant Park. Nestled along Lake Michigan to the east...
read more
Streets & SanitationStreets & Sanitation Keeping Chicago beautiful is no small task. The Department of Streets and Sanitation fares wonderfully via the delegated management of seven bureaus: Electricity, Forestry, Rodent Control, Sanitation, Street Operations, Traffic Services, and Neighborhood Services. It would be hard for Chicagoans to get around at nightime without the Bureau of Electricity, which illuminates...
read more
Water ManagementWater Management The departments of Water and Sewers combined in 2003 to form Chicago's Department of Water Management. From 12 pumping stations, the city can distribute purified and treated water to 123 suburbs. The Department also maintains 47,132 fire hydrants and over 4,000 miles of water mains which are built and maintained by the...
read more
NicknamesNicknames The City of Chicago has had a lot of nicknames over the years, including The Windy City (some think for the weather, some for overzealous promoters of the 1893 World's Fair and some for the politicians), Chi-Town (pronounced shy town), City of the Big Shoulders and Hog Butcher to the World (by Carl Sandburg), the "I Will" city, The City that...
read more