Top Chicago Facts

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1. Until 1974, in Chicago it was illegal to appear in public if you were ugly.
2. The city of Chicago was raised by over two feet during the 1850s and '60s without disrupting daily life.
3. New York is area code 212 and LA is 213 and Chicago 312 because the largest cities got the quick­est num­bers to dial on a rotary phone.
4. A Chicago school, as a fundraiser, played Justin Biebers Baby between classes and had students pay to stop it. It raised $1k in 3 days.
5. The phrase "slipping a Mickey" originated with Mickey Finn, a Chicago saloon owner known for drugging and robbing customers.
6. Since 2001, 2,233 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan – 6,701 citizens have been killed in Chicago.
7. It is illegal in Chicago for lawns to have weeds more than 10 inches tall.
8. A Chicago high school had a fundraiser where they played Justin Bieber in between classes and students had to pay to stop it.
9. Pay toilets were banned in Chicago in 1974.
10. The creator of NBA Jam hated the Chicago Bulls so much that he coded it so they would miss last second shots against the Detroit Pistons.
11. The creator of NBA Jam hated the Chicago Bulls so much he coded it so that they would miss last second shots against the Detroit Pistons
12. Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
13. Until 1974, it was Illegal to appear in public in Chicago if you were ugly.
14. A 14 year old boy dressed as a police officer, snuck into a Chicago Police station & actually went out on patrol with another police officer
15. Deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza contains more antioxidants than thin crust pizza.

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