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Illinois stands high in manufacturing, coal mining, agriculture, and oil production. The state's manufactures include food and agricultural products, transportation equipment, chemicals, industrial machinery, and computer equipment.
The Chicago area is a great iron and steel producer, meat packer, grain exchange, and railroad center. Chicago is also famous as a Great Lakes port. The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885. The Sears Tower, Chicago is the tallest building on the North American continent.
The world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago.
Chicago area points of interest include the Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Merchandise Mart, and Chicago Portage National Historic Site. The first Aquarium opened in Chicago, 1893.
Central Illinois is noted for shrines and memorials associated with the life of Abraham Lincoln. In Springfield are the Lincoln Home, the Lincoln Tomb, and the restored Old State Capitol. Springfield is the state capital and the home of the National Historic Site of the home of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.
Religious people just have to try and force their views on others, rather than just live their own lives. The ice cream "sundae" was named in Evanston. The piety of the town resented the dissipating influences of the soda fountain on Sunday and the good town fathers, yielding to this churchly influence, passed an ordinance prohibiting the retailing of ice cream sodas on Sunday. Ingenious confectioners and drug store operators obeying the law, served ice cream with the syrup of your choice without the soda. Objections then was made to christening a dish after the Sabbath. So the spelling of "sunday" was changed. It became an established dish and an established word and finally the "sundae".
Des Plaines is home to the first McDonald's. Metropolis the home of Superman really exists in Southern Illinois. Dixon is the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan.
Other famous natives and residents include Jane Addams social worker; Mary Astor actress; Jack Benny comedian; Harry A. Blackmun jurist; William Jennings Bryan orator and politician; John Chancellor TV commentator; Jimmy Connors tennis champion; Richard J. Daley mayor of Chicago; Miles Davis musician; Everett Dirksen senator; Betty Friedan feminist; Benny Goodman musician; Ernest Hemingway author; Charlton Heston actor; Wild Bill Hickok scout; William Holden actor; Rock Hudson actor; Burl Ives singer; Quincy Jones composer; Bill Murray actor; Bob Newhart actor and comedian; William S. Paley broadcasting executive; Richard Pryor comedian and actor; Carl Sandburg poet; John Paul Stevens jurist; McLean Stevenson actor; Gloria Swanson actress; Raquel Welch actress; Oprah Winfrey television talk show host and actress; and Florenz Ziegfield theatrical producer.
New York Sun editor Charles Dana, tired of hearing Chicagoans boast of the world's Columbian Exposition, dubbed Chicago the "Windy City.