Happy 174th birthday, Chicago!

March 3, 2011 9:47:02 AM PST
The Windy City turns 174 years old Friday -- and the Chicago History Museum is celebrating with a big birthday bash.

The birthday bash will be held Friday at the museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum will offer free admission at that time.

The actual celebration- with a cake from Bleeding Heart Bakery- and performances by Tony Do Rosario Trio and The Latin School Band and a Native American drum band will be at 11 am.

Each year, Friends of DuSable Museum invite children to participate in an essay contest about the city's first settler and founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable. So join in the fun by singing "Happy Birthday" and share some cake with us!


In November of 1836, a committee was formed to apply to the state legislature for a city charter. A charter was prepared by this committee and submitted to the people for approval at a mass meeting at the Saloon Building on Monday, January 23, 1837. After slight alterations, the charter was approved and sent to the legislature. There, after certain amendments, it was enacted into law on March 4, 1837. Thus, on this date, Chicago became a city, population of 4,170. William B. Ogden was chosen the first Mayor of Chicago; Isaac N. Arnold, clerk; and Hiram Pearsons, treasurer.