Chicago was founded in 1833, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed.
Chicago has been a hub of Magic. Magicians from or have been in the area include: Ed Marlo, Eugene Burger, Okito, Joe Berg, Sam Berland, Alton Sharpe, Harry Blackstone Sr., Harlan Tarbell, Winston Freer, John Mulholland, Eugene Laurant, M. S. Mahendra, Johnny Platt, Jay Marshall, William Hilliar, August Roterberg, De Yip Loo, Johnny Paul, Celeste Evans, Bill Malone, Alton Sharpe, Grover George, Matt Schulien, Lee LeRoi, Tony Platt, Marshall Brodien, Heba Haba Al
Magic Collectors' Weekend is usually held every year near Chicago.
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