What's one thing most visitors don't know about Chicago?

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How about this little ditty: The John G. Shedd Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in the world; but, what’s more, the Oceanarium expansion is the world’s largest indoor marine mammal pavilion and doubles the size of the aquarium. You heard it here first. Oh, and by the way, lest I lead anyone astray and besmirch the best team in baseball, Babe Ruth didn’t really call that shot …

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Chicago has one of the largest Mexican populations in the United States -- third to just Los Angeles and Houston. Mexican culture is everywhere in Chicago, but its heart is in the near-south neighborhood of Pilsen, anchored at 18th Street and Ashland Avenue. With the National Museum of Mexican Art at the helm, Pilsen is home to a diverse Mexican-American culture representing many different Mexican states in terms of everything from cuisine to music. It's one reason celebrity chef Rick Bayless has made a name for himself in Chicago, often shopping for provisions -- and inspiration -- in Pilsen and nearby Little Village.

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