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5 Themes of Geography

             Chicago “The Windy City”.
             “The five themes of Geography are not all inclusive. They were designed to provide a framework of basic geography that any teacher can apply to his or her class. That class be social studies; it might also be business or language arts. The expectation is that by teaching geography “across the curriculum” we are going to be more successful in developing geographic literacy among the inhabitants of this country than if we stick to teaching geography in a traditional single subject classroom.”.
             To me Chicago is much more than another big city in the United States; it is in my blood. My family moved from their native land of Ireland to Chicago during the great famine. So of course I would want to apply the 5 themes of Geography to the best city in the world, Chicago. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, and one of the country’s leading industrial, commercial, transportation, and financial centers. This city combines several different cultures and, there is truly no place like it. .
             Location- The absolute location for Chicago is 41n51 and 87w39. The relative location for the city of Chicago will vary from person to person. It is located in the Midwest region of the United States. Chicago rests in the in the far northeastern portion of the state. Wisconsin borders Illinois to the north, Iowa to the Northwest, Missouri in the Southwest, Kentucky to the South, and Indiana to the East. Chicago is also bordered by Lake Michigan. Chicago is identified by its North, South, East and West sides. State Street forms the border between east and west while Madison Street divides north and south. Chicago sits on the continental divide between the Great Lakes—St. Lawrence system and the Mississippi River basin.
             Place- Chicago is one of the most diverse cities in the world. There are so many traditions and trademarks that go with the wonderful city of Chicago.