Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River are responsible for the existence of the city of Chicago. In 1673 Marquette and Jolliet found a short portage between the Illinois River and the Des Plaines River, one of which connected to the Mississippi and the other to Lake Michigan via the Chicago river. Later the Illinois and Michigan Canal opened the West to eastern adventurers. The Great Fire of 1871 was partially resposible for the city's present orderly layout. As the Midwest's melting pot, Chicago has become an urban setting for shopping and a huge variety of excellent restaurants. Chicago’s Loop area is very walkable and a good option for getting around
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Transportation—From O'Hare Airport to the Loop - Best bet is Rapid Transit (the CTA) leaves from Terminal 4 and takes about an hour to the 1st stop in the loop (Washington & Dearborn). Taxis take about 30 minutes. An Air Transport shuttle to your hotel is another option.