11 “European” Cities in the United States


7) Chicago, Illinois

It was French explorers who first put Chicago, Illinois on the map but a huge population boom in the 19th century saw immigrants arrive from all over Europe, especially Ireland, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. Chicago is home to a diversity of tightly-knit communities that center around common heritage, be it Italian, German, French or Norwegian.

The culture of Chicago is heavily influenced by European immigrants, particularly in music and performing arts. Many of Chicago’s culinary claims to fame are Italian in origin and its craft brewery scene is distinctly German.