Midwest Fun and Interesting Facts (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)

Fun Facts about the Midwest US

Looking for some fun sports facts about the Midwest, US? You've come to the right spot—check these out:

Chicago, Illinois, the largest city in the Midwest, is one of two cities whose baseball team is cursed (the Cubs)—the Boston Red Sox is the other. The Chicago Cubs' curse is rumored to be due to a billy goat that was brought to the 1945 World Series game between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.

Speaking of baseball, Wrigley Field is named for the same Wrigley responsible for creating Wrigley chewing gum. Wrigley Field is the second oldest baseball stadium in the U.S. that's still functioning. It was built in 1914 to seat 14,000 spectators; today it seats more than 40,000. Baseball fans may remember games called on the account of dark, since Wrigley field did not get lights until 1988.

Interesting Midwest Facts

These interesting Midwest facts revolve around the fascinating states of Michigan and Wisconsin:

If you stand anywhere in the state of Michigan, you'll be within 85 miles of at least one of the Great Lakes.

The Grand Hotel, a popular tourist lodge on Michigan's Mackinac Island, has 385 guestrooms—each one is decorated completely differently. During each of the Grand Hotel's tourist seasons, more than 50,000 Grand Pecan Balls are made and eaten—by far the most popular dessert on the menu.

The minute Prohibition was over—12:01 AM, January 1, 1934—the city of Milwaukee, a.k.a. Beer City, shipped 15 million beer bottles!

Milwaukee is also known as the host city for popular TV shows, including "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley."

Racine, Wisconsin became well-known when the Racine Belles, the city's women's baseball league, was featured in "A League of Their Own."

Interesting Facts about the Midwest

Chicago, Illinois offers tourists an endless number of interesting facts about the Midwest. Here are a few highlights:

Remember "Perfect Strangers"? What about "Family Matters," "Married with Children," or "The Bob Newhart Show"? These classic TV shows all took place in Chicago.

The 1933 World's Fair, which took place in Chicago, included a "Midget Village," a bizarre village of little people, or "Lilliputians," from Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels."

Roller skates were invented in Chicago in 1884 and Hostess Twinkies entered the Chicago scene in 1930.
Fun facts about Great Lakes, Traverse City, Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan Fun facts about Great Lakes, Traverse City, Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan
No matter where you stand in the state, you will always be within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. There are 385 guest rooms in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and no two are decorated in the same way.
Fun facts about Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Madison Fun facts about Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Madison
If you think Boston was the only city with baseball curse, think again. Chicago is the only city in the United States with a Billy Goat curse. During game four of the 1945 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs, tavern owner Vasili Billy Goat Sianis brought his pet goat to the game, and was quickly ejected from the stadium.