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Area Information

Driving Distance
To Chicago From...
Albuquerque 1334
Anaheim 2085
Atlanta 717
Boston 1014
Dallas 930
Denver 1013
Fort Lauderdale 1355
Indianapolis 187
Kansas City 532
Lake Tahoe 2004
Las Vegas 1762
Los Angeles 2032
Miami 1381
Nashville 473
New Orleans 927
New York 819
Orlando 1155
Palm Beaches 1325
Pensacola 948
Philadelphia 775
Phoenix 1798
San Diego 2092
San Francisco 2150
Seattle 2070
Silicon Valley 2202
Tampa 1184
Washington D.C. 712
Driving distance quotes are in miles and
are estimates. Your mileage may vary.

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Chicago Facts & Statistics

Chicago’s weather is constantly changing with cold winters and mild summers. The strong winds have earned the city its nickname "The Windy City".
Average temperatures:
Jan: 31-17 Fahrenheit/(-1)-(-8) Celsius; Feb: 35-22 F/2-(-6) C; Mar: 46-31 F/8-(-1) C; Apr: 59-41 F/15-5 C; May: 70-51 F/21-11 C; Jun: 80-60 F/27-16 C; Jul: 84-64 F/28-18 C; Aug: 82-65 F/28-18 C; Sep: 76-58 F/24-14 C; Oct: 65-47 F/22-10 C; Nov: 50-36 F/18-8 C; Dec: 36-23 F/2-(-5) C.
Metropolitan Chicago is home to about 3 million residents and is divided into 50 wards, each represented by an alderman.
Area Geography
The city of Chicago stretches almost 30 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan. The metropolitan Chicago area consists of the city and it includes six counties in Illinois.
County Government
The city is run by a Mayor and the City Council. The Chicago City Council is comprised of 50 alderman that represent the general population.
Sales or Use Tax
City Sales tax is 8.75%. The hotel sales tax is 14.9%.
Important Numbers
Weather: (312) 976-1212. Time: (312) 976-1616. Emergency Numbers: Dial 911 for police and medical emergencies. Greater Chicago Chamber of Commerce: (312) 567-8500.
Telephone Codes
Metropolitan Chicago area codes are 312, 773, 630, 708, 847.
Time Zone
Central Standard Time (CST), six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
Electrical Current
Electrical devices here run on 110/115 volt, 60-cycle current. International visitors therefore may need to use adapters or converters.
US Dollar ($). Numerous money exchanges are available. Most major airports, various banks and American Express offices are available to exchange foreign currency.

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