Chicago City Trivia

Can you guess these facts about the city of Chicago?
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Last updated: August 9, 2020
First submittedAugust 1, 2011
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Lake on which Chicago lies
Lake Michigan
Tallest building
Willis Tower
U.S. President who lived in Chicago
Barack Obama
Most famous TV host
Oprah Winfrey
Most famous rapper
Kanye West
Largest airport
O'Hare
What you must never put on a
Chicago-style hotdog
Ketchup
Chicago's most famous nickname
The Windy City
Chicago's central business district
The Loop
Movie character who skipped school
to experience Chicago
Ferris Bueller
Woman whose cow supposedly
started the Chicago fire
Mrs. O'Leary
University located in Evanston
Northwestern
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The baddest part of town, according
to Jim Croce
The South Side
Most famous comedy club
Second City
Chicago's aquarium, once the largest
in the world
Shedd Aquarium
Father / son mayors who led Chicago from
1955–1976 and 1989–2001
Richard J. Daley /
Richard M. Daley
Park where the Bean is located
Millennium Park
Chicago's trains are known as "The El".
What is "El" short for?
Elevated
Park where Buckingham Fountain is located
Grant Park
Highest circulation newspaper
Chicago Tribune
Singer who said Chicago is his kind of town
Frank Sinatra
Key feature of Chicago-style pizza
Deep-dish
Chicago's most famous shopping district
Magnificent Mile
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Level 55
Aug 1, 2011
lol got Grant Park by typing in Grant for US president.
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2016
I don't know how you went to Grant, since he was from Ohio.
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Level 67
Nov 26, 2016
In Grant's later years he moved to Galena, Illinois... which is still pretty far from Chicago though.
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2011
No ketchup for hot dogs in Chicago?
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Level 86
Apr 7, 2013
Those are fighting words.
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Level 44
Apr 16, 2014
Might get beat up.
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Level 62
Feb 26, 2018
Wrong! No one in Chicago cares if you put ketchup on your hot dogs! No one here actually makes "Chicago style hot dogs".
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Level 66
Aug 14, 2018
Guam is wrong. While it might not be everyone, the traditional Chicago dog does not require ketchup due to the presence of tomatoes. Not everyone orders Chicago style, but it still is tradition. Don't listen to him
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Level 72
May 4, 2014
Ketchup on a hot dog?? That's just gross!
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Level 67
Nov 26, 2016
"No ketchup" is pretty much the defining feature of a Chicago-style hot dog.
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
I don't think so. It's got specific ingredients (which would make for an interesting question on this quiz): celery salt, peppers, mustard, relish, diced white onions, and a pickle spear. If you lose more than one or two of those, it's not a Chicago-style dog. If you eat a hot dog with no ketchup and nothing else, it's not a Chicago-style dog. It's just a plain hot dog.
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Level 38
Feb 11, 2017
When I was in Chicago I learned about this. During some war they couldn't use one of the ingredients in ketchup, so they didn't put it on their hot dogs. Most places don't even have ketchup for visitors to use.
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Level 81
Jul 1, 2018
Reagan said it was a vegetable just like tomatoes, so they figured, hey, same thing.
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Level 16
Jul 9, 2012
i live in chicago.. i am ashamed of my score...
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Level 40
Feb 4, 2013
There are a lot of celebrities I'd put on this list way before Kanye West.
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Level 80
May 4, 2014
but can they rap?

oh wait, Kanye can't rap either. Nevermind.
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Level 41
May 3, 2014
34/35 Love this city!
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Level 62
Feb 26, 2018
Welcome to the cause.
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Level 62
Feb 26, 2018
We must defeat the haters who think Chicago is a terrible, ugly, dangerous, criminal-full city.
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Level 56
Aug 10, 2020
I spent a week in Chicago, and loved the place [but still got a dreadful score]
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Level 67
Aug 20, 2020
Homicide rate in Chicago in 2016: 23.8 per 100.000 Homicide rate in Denmark in 2017: 0.8
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
Chicago is a big city. To consider its homicide rate as though it applies throughout the city is foolish. The homicide rates in Austin, Englewood, and Lawndale, for example, are terrible, but neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Pilsen, and Wicker Park are as safe as any neighborhood you'll find in most big cities. The majority of the city is perfectly safe. It's just that there are a few small pockets beset by terrible and relentless violence. But the parts that aren't violent are fantastic. I've lived in and visited many big cities before I settled here, and I never plan to leave.
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Level 45
May 3, 2014
33/35 - got all but Sinatra and I forgot relish. But I was born in Chi and most of my family's from there
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Level 78
May 3, 2014
Siskel & Ebert!!
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Level 33
May 3, 2014
I've seen it spelled the "L Train" before.
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2016
...but it stands for "elevated train."
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Level 65
May 5, 2014
Moved here two years ago, and I got everything except the aquarium (which I am fairly certain I have only ever heard as simply "the aquarium"). In any case, I feel like I can start to call myself a Chicagoan. I still put ketchup on my hot dogs though...
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Level 80
May 6, 2014
Probably more a tourist thing, anyway..
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Level 63
Nov 4, 2016
Not really. There are many "diehard" hot dog fans who will criticize you. But plenty of local people use ketchup too. //born and raised in Chicagoland
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Level 80
Nov 10, 2016
when people get all snooty about the proper way to eat your food or drink your beer or stir your tea or whatever I can't stand that. I understand regional traditions can be fun sometimes but are you actually going to get upset by what I want to put in my mouth or how I go about getting it there? then get a life.
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Level 58
May 5, 2014
Greatest city in America!
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Level 41
Jul 9, 2014
Second that
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Level 79
Aug 10, 2020
I see what you did there! ;-)
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Level 62
Feb 26, 2018
WOOHOO! Go Chicago.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2015
I credit radio station WLS with many of the answers I knew. When I was a kid in the 1960s it was the only Top 40 music station we could get after 10 pm in the Mid-south, and I fell asleep most nights listening to it. Art Roberts was great.
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Level 10
Aug 29, 2016
Ketchup on a hot dog makes it go down a lot easier. Otherwise, its just nastyπŸ˜€. I tries millinnium 20 differebt ways and gave up, and i live here too.
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Level 10
Aug 29, 2016
Oops, evidently need to use spellcheck b4 commenting.πŸ‘…
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2016
I answered two cities...
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Level 48
Nov 5, 2016
I knew about Chance the Rapper.....had no idea Kanye's from Chi-Town.....sorry for that ;)
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Level 44
Sep 24, 2019
I refuse to call it the W***** Tower so thank you for accepting Sears
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Level 44
Sep 24, 2019
Homecoming by Kanye is one of the best Chicago songs ever
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Level 57
Aug 9, 2020
This needs updated, with Lori Lightfoot as mayor.
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Level ∞
Aug 9, 2020
Updated to remove the current mayor question, which will always require more updates.
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Level 73
Aug 9, 2020
"My kind of town" (Chicago is), "LA is my Lady", "I Love Paris", "New York, New York"... Sinatra was quite promiscuous with his cities.
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2020
Most famous rapper is pretty subjective.
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
I think it's pretty clearly Kanye. If nothing else, he's become such a spectacle that even people with no interest in music know him. My 70-year-old parents know who Kanye is (although I doubt they've heard a note of his music).
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Level 83
Sep 6, 2020
Yeah I just googled "Chicago rappers" and the only ones I recognized other than Kanye were Twista, Common, and Juice Wrld, and I think I can safely say that none of them are more famous than Kanye.
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Level 65
Sep 6, 2020
I'd say Chance the Rapper is a notable second for Chicago's most famous rapper, but there's still a pretty clear divide between the two in terms of fame
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Level 80
Sep 6, 2020
and at this point I think he's more famous for being completely nuts and a massive narcissist + idiot (birds of a feather flock together?) than he is for rapping or anything else.
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Level 83
Aug 10, 2020
Please accept tomato sauce for the hotdog question, as thats what its called in the UK/Australia.
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Level 34
Sep 6, 2020
tomato sauce and ketchup are different things, and people in the uk/australia also say ketchup
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Level 80
Aug 10, 2020
Unfortunately, today's news suggests that it will need to be renamed: The Mile Formerly Known as "Magnificent".
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2020
Rename it "Looter's Mile" now.
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Level 34
Sep 6, 2020
no, i dont think i will
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Level 67
Sep 6, 2020
O'Grady? No. O'Houlihan? No. O'Meara? No. O'Connor? No. O'Connell? No. [Are you sure she was Irish?] [Positive.] O'Grady? No. O'Donnell? No. O'Hara? No. O'Halloran? No. [Are you sure her name began with an O?] [Pretty sure.] O'Reilly? No. O'Shaughnessy? No. O'Malley? Uh-uh. O'Toole? Nope. [Okay, I give up. Maybe her name didn't start with an O.] O'Leary. Sigh.
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Level 28
Sep 6, 2020
I was inspired by this to make a trivia quiz for Huntsville, AL!Click here To see it
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Level 60
Sep 6, 2020
"Deep-dish" isn't the feature, it's the alternative name of Chicago-style pizza. The feature of Chicago-style pizza isn't its "deep-dish." That doesn't even make sense. The feature is the the crust is "deep" or "thick," not the pizza's "dish." Consider changing the word feature, changing to something other than deep-dish, or accepting other answers (which would still make this wrong, but at least address the issue).
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Level 80
Sep 7, 2020
I typed in deep-dish first so I don't know but does it accept "pan crust" or "cornbread pie crust" as type-ins?
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Level 60
Sep 9, 2020
I typed in "deep crust" and "thick crust," but those didn't work. The style is called deep-dish, while the feature is that the crust is thick. I just think feature is a poor word choice here. We don't say "Chicago pizza's distinct aspect is that it has deep-dish," but rather that it has thick crust or something like that.
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Level 80
Sep 9, 2020
could just say style of Chicago pizza
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Level 60
Sep 9, 2020
Yeah, that would make sense
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Level 45
Sep 6, 2020
Easy, got them all.