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Chicago, Wisconsin? How we almost became part of our neighbor to the north

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In this 1817 proposal, Chicago would have actually been inside the future Wisconsin, which became a state in 1849. (Journal of Science / via DNAinfo)

CHICAGO — Chicagoans, we were this close to being Cheeseheads.

Illinois, which officially became a state Dec. 3, 1818, is nearing its 200th anniversary.

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A 2014 Journal of Science study on how Illinois’ borders were shaped reveals how close the term “Chicago, Wisconsin” was to becoming a reality.

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