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How large is Chicago in square miles?

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As of 2010, the city of Chicago has an area of 227.63 square miles, including 26 miles of lakefront land and 15 miles of beaches. Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 people, or 11,841.8 persons per square mile, making it the third largest city in the United States.

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How large is Chicago in square miles?
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The Chicagoland metropolitan area, the 22nd largest metropolitan area in the country, includes nearly ten million people throughout three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. More than 40 million tourists visit the Windy City each year to enjoy the hundreds of theatres, art galleries and architecture, such as the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

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