The Windy City: Land of deep dish, the Sears tower, Oprah—oh, and a few other things. Here are some other fun facts about Chicago you may not know about.

1. Hugh Hefner started the original Playboy Mansion in Chicago, which actually had a brass plate over the door that said, ‘If You Don’t Swing, Don’t Ring.’

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2. The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards, which was done in 1900 through a series of canal locks in order to divert sewage away from Lake Michigan’s water supply.

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3. Walt Disney was born in Chicago, then decided to build all his theme parks somewhere else. (Single tear.)

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4. Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park, which is way less memorable.

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5. In 1918, 100 Chicago waiters were arrested amid accusations they were plotting to poison stingy tippers.

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6. The Harold Washington Library downtown was ranked the nation’s best urban public library in a 2014 study.

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7. Twinkies were invented in Chicago back in 1930.

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8. 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.

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9. PBR (AKA, Pabst Blue Ribbon) was officially introduced to the world in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Fair, but wouldn’t be ordered ironically until many years later.

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And that is the way the cookie crumbles—facts-wise, of course. Do you know any fun facts about Chicago that most people don’t? Feel free to share below.

[Featured Image: Alberto Cabello via Flickr]


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