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872 is a Chicago, Illinois area code, covering the Cook County region. Some locations covered by this code are Chicago, Harwood Heights, Lincolnwood and O'Hare Airport. Area code 872 is a North American Numbering Plan overlay of telephone area codes 312 and 773. It was put into service on November 7, 2009.
The North American Numbering Plan was implemented in 1947 to standardize telephone dialling formats. It divided the territory and assigned each location in the US and Canada a three-digit prefix. Notably, Mexico does not participate in the NANP.
Each individual telephone number in the United States and Canada is assigned a seven-digit telephone number. These seven-digit strings are unique only within their respective area codes. The area code, central office code and station code together form a complete 10 digit telephone number.
Seven-digit dialing allows a caller to contact a local number without including its area code. However, in most of the US and Canada, 10-digit dialling is mandatory. This is true for Chicago since the overlay between 872 and 773 means that both are recognized local phone numbers.
Both landlines and cell phone numbers use area codes. For international calling, the North American Numbering Plan uses the international code +1.
872 and 773 both cover the regions outside of the Chicago downtown area. Chicago originally utilized the area code 312. This was one of the original area codes assigned to Illinois in 1947 by the North American Numbering Plan.
312 was split to form the new code 773 in 1996. 312 was then assigned to the downtown. This is known locally as "The Loop." 773 serves the remainder of the city.
On November 7, 2009 area code 872 debuted, since the other two area codes in use were depleted. Code 872 is an overlay of both 312 and 773 and serves the combined area.
Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, with approximately 7M residents. Nicknames for Chicago include the "Windy City", the "Second City", and the "City That Works." Notable locations in the city include the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millenium Park. Chicago 872 is located in the Central Time Zone.
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