Chicago 4K – Sunset Drive – Driving Downtown

From earlier this summer, a weekday drive around downtown Chicago at sunset. What’s your favorite Chicago street?
Chicago is the 2nd most visited city in the US, with 58 million domestic and international visitors in 2018, behind New York City’s approximate 65 million visitors. Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States.

Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-19th century. After the Chicago Fire of 1871, which left more than 100,000 homeless, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, and by 1900 Chicago was the fifth largest city in the world. Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles (including the Chicago School of architecture), the development of the City Beautiful Movement, and the steel-framed skyscraper.

Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is the largest and most diverse derivatives market globally, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures. O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, and the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and greatest amount of railroad freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and it ranked seventh in the entire world in the 2017 Global Cities Index. The Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products (GDP) in the world, generating $680 billion in 2017. In addition, the city has one of the world’s most diversified and balanced economies, not being dependent on any one industry, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce.

The city ranked first place in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities.The city is also home to several fortune 500 companies, the most notable being, Allstate, Boeing, Exelon, McDonald’s, Quaker Oats, and United Airlines Holdings. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Grant Park (Chicago), the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago’s culture includes the visual arts, literature, film, theater, comedy (especially improvisational comedy), food, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area’s many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as “highest research” doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams.


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  2. This is fascinating to me. All large cities are. I grew up in a small town on the island of Kauai, HI & it’s a rule that buildings can’t be taller than a coconut tree (about 4 stories.) So to see these skyscrapers and large amounts of people… it’s exciting. One day I want to travel and experience many new things, including snow. Anyway, Chicago is a city I admire since a good friend of mine lives there. Hopefully someday I can meet up with her there and enjoy a stay in the city 🙂

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  4. I used to live in Chicago on the Northside however the downtown has changed and no more abandoned buildings at the downtown The building that used to amaze me was the US Steel building where the ground floor was covered with stainless steel on Washington Avenue

  5. Love the view of the Hancock building from lake shore drive from north to south but as a south sider, it's much better from south to north. Plus you get the beautiful lake in the shot.
    Sad you cant see the Chicago river views as it's always perpendicular to the drive

  6. I've seen the videos of São Paulo, New York, Hong Kong and all these huge big cities have a kind of sense of claustrophoby. Only two cities seem different. The first one is Rio de Janeiro, which is utterly beautiful due its natural scenery (just watch this video to have an idea of how nature is beautiful at Rio: The other one is Chicago. Chigago is huge, it has a very magnificent skyline, it seems endless, but it doesn't seem overwhelming and suffocating. Everything in Chicago seems to be carefully crafted to be immense. It's amazing. I hope visit such amazing city some day.

  7. Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportatio. ES CIERTO

  8. This video only shows the Chicago downtown area but most people live in homes, not high rises. I lived in that city for 35 yrs, in Hyde Park, in Oak Park, in Evanston, Uptown, Lincoln Park, and, yes also in the downtown area. There is a lot to the city, not just in the high rises. In fact, I've lived in many other big cities too and the only city which struck me as huge on the par w/ Chicago is New York City. I visited NYC 6x and my car got busted and ransacked every time I visited there, something that never happened to me in Chicago. But the city's reputation is tarnished by the high gangland crimes in the Black Ghetto southside area, near the Obama's boyhood neighborhood.

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