of Chicago DePaul University Loop High School
Chicago (population approximately 2,800,000) is situated in the far northeastern
portion of Illinois in the heart of Cook County. Highways leading to and from Chicago include I-55, I-57, I-88, I-90, and
I-94. Several railways also take you into the nation's third largest city.
Lake Michigan serves as Chicago's eastern border and was vital (and still is today) to
Chicago's early growth and economy.The area in which Chicago is located was first settled in the very early 1800's. The mouth
of the Chicago River at Lake Michigan served as an important waterway from the east to the west. The town was organized in
1832 and chartered as a city in 1837. Chicago's population that year was 4,180.
By the late 1800's, Chicago was a boom town, the population increasing at a rapid rate.
Along with this boom came the need for education. Residents saw to it that their children were given many opportunities. Along
with the growth of public schools came the establishment of several private and parochial schools.