Happy birthday, Chicago! On today, March 4, it has been exactly 172 years since Chicago was granted its charter, having been founded on a short, swampy portage near the Chicago River and named after a wild onion (humble beginnings, yes).
This year, times are tough (though the city has seen tougher), but there are also many exciting potential opportunities on the horizon (such as this and this). As a Chicagoan from a long line of Chicagoans, today is a proud milestone.
If you’re up early reading this and have an open schedule today, you can celebrate Chicago’s birthday with your kids at the Chicago History Museum where they’re throwing a party with music, crafts and cake from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Museum admission will be free from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.