Thursday, January 20, 2011

Born in Chicago

Chicago, the hometown of the ABE, is also the birthplace of many exciting inventions, including some we use or see everyday.

Chicago is where the roller skate, the elevated railway, Cracker Jack®, the window envelope, and Hostess Twinkies® were all invented. It is also where the first Ferris Wheel was built at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and where the world’s first skyscraper was built in 1885.

Other familiar “Chicago-born” people, places, and things include Walt Disney, deep dish pizza, zippers, pinball, spray paint, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, and the Butterfinger® candy bar. In addition, although she never spent any of her actual life here, the skeleton of Sue (the largest and most complete T. Rex ever discovered) was born in to fame when she took up residence at Chicago’s Field Museum. 

Do you have interesting people, places or things from your hometown? If so, tell us about them!

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