Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States. Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. It is the principal city in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, situated in the Midwestern United States and the Great Lakes region. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, novels, film, theater, especially comedy, and music. The city has many nicknames, the best-known being the Windy City.