The landscape of Chicago has changed over the last century to say the least. Chicago rapidly became the hub for industrialization attracting entrepreneurs and those seeking new opportunities to flock to the city. Now Chicago is home to an estimated 2.7 million residents, and continues to be a business hub to the Midwest as well as internationally.
Even though Chicago was not the one of the first settlements in the United States, we do have some firsts to be proud of. The world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company building, was built in 1885. Jane Addams was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. The atom was first split under the football stands at Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, founding nuclear power and capabilities. The Country’s first female African-American U.S Senator, Carol Moseley Braun, was elected in 1992.
Oh yea… what about Mr. Point du Sable? Well, Chicago started with one man. He was Chicago’s first non-Native American permanent settler and businessman. Many would consider him the father of Chicago. His house was the location of the first marriage, first political election, and first court ruling. Talk about full circle. Today, the memory of Jean Baptiste watches over the Chicago river in the form of a statue on right on Michigan Avenue.
Did you know that Gene & Georgetti was the first family owned steakhouse in Chicago? We opened in 1941 and have been serving delicious steaks ever since! Another first in Chicago!