Illinois - Fast Facts & Trivia

The lowest elevation point in the state, located near Cairo and the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

  • The Illinois State Dance is Square Dance.

  • Illinois has more government units than any other state (ie city, county, community, etc.). Over six thousand. One reason for this could be the township governments, which are generally six square miles in size.

  • The worst prison camp during the Civil War in terms of percentage of death was in Rock Island.

  • Illinois has the highest number of personalized license plates, more than any other state.

  • The Conservatory of the University of Illinois is at its peak 37 feet high.

  • In 1905, the president of the Chicago Cubs indicted a fan in the stands to catch and keep a flying ball.

  • Chicago's Mercantile Exchange building was built entirely without an internal steel skeleton, like most skyscrapers; it depends on its thick walls to keep itself

  • The abbreviation "ORD" for Chicago's O'Hare Airport comes from the original name Orchard Field. O'Hare Airport was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare.

  • Trains passing through Chicago's underground cargo tunnels daily would stretch for a total of ten miles.

  • The slogan of 105.9, the classic rock radio station in Chicago: "Of all the radio stations in Chicago ... we're one of them."

  • In Mount Pulaski, Illinois, boys (and boys only) are forbidden to throw snowballs at trees. Girls are allowed to do that.

  • In Illinois, Michael is the top name for boys. Emily is the most chosen name for girls.

  • Illinois is known for its wide variety of weather. Great winter storms, deadly tornadoes and spectacular heat and cold waves.

  • The first birth in Chicago was by Eulalia Pointe du Sable, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable and his Potawatomi Indian wife in 1796.

  • Chicago's Mercy Hospital was the first hospital in Illinois.

  • The first animal purchased for the Lincoln Park Zoo was a bear cub purchased on June 1, 1874 for $ 10

  • The University of Chicago opened on October 1, 1892 with an enrollment of 594 and a faculty of 103.

  • New York Sun editor Charles Dana, tired of Chicago's praise for the Colombian World's Fair, called Chicago the "Windy City."

  • Comedy Showcase "Second City" was founded in 1959 in a former Chinese laundry on North Wells Street

  • Chicago's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington, took office in 1983

  • The 4 stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World's Columbian Exposition and the Century of Progress Exposition.

  • The Chicago Public Library is the world's largest public library with a collection of more than 2 million books.

  • The Chicago Post at 433 West Van Buren is the only post office in the world you can drive a car through.

  • The Chicago River is green on St. Patrick's Day.

  • The world's largest biscuit and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo biscuits in 1995, is located in Chicago.

  • Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy, and Alton hosted the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates throughout the country, which raised the issue of slavery.

  • The first aquarium was opened in Chicago in 1893.

  • The world's first skyscraper was built in 1885 in Chicago.

  • Home of the Chicago Bears football team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox baseball teams, Chicago Fire football team.

  • The first Mormon temple in Illinois was built in Nauvoo.

  • Peoria is the oldest church in Illinois.

  • The Sears Tower, (now the Willis Tower) Chicago is the tallest building on the North American continent.

  • Metropolis, home of Superman, exists in southern Illinois.

  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site - the most advanced prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico

  • Illinois had two capitals, Kaskaskia and Vandalia off Springfield.

  • The Chicago Bears of the NFL were first known as "Staley Bears". They were organized in Decatur in 1920.

  • Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to the abolition of slavery. 1865

  • On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small group of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite crucibles and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The place chosen for the first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.

  • In Des Plaines is the first McDonald's.

  • Dixon is the home of President Ronald Reagan.

  • Springfield is the state capital and home to the National Historic Site of the House of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.

  • Chicago is home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, the only buildings that have survived the Great Chicago Fire.

  • Prior to being elected president, Abraham Lincoln served in the legislature of Illinois and practiced in Springfield. Abraham Lincoln is buried outside of Springfield at Lincoln's Tomb State Historic Site.

  • Carlyle is home to the largest man-made lake in Illinois.

  • Illinois has 102 counties.

  • Ronald Wilson Regan of Tampico became the 40th President of the United States in 1980.

  • The highest point in Illinois is Charles Mound at 1235 feet above sea level.

  • The motto of the state is: State sovereignty, National Union

  • The sundae "sundae" was named in Evanston. The piety of the city on Sunday resisted the divisive influences of the soda fountain, and the good city fathers who yielded to this ecclesiastical influence issued on Sunday a decree banning the sale of ice cream sodas. Genial confectioners and drugstore operators who obey the law serve ice cream with the syrup of their choice without the soda. Objections were then made to baptize a court after the Sabbath. So the spelling of "Sunday" was changed. It became an established dish and an established word and finally the "sundae".

  • The silage storage silage was built on a farm in Spring Grove.

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