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The Windy City My kind of town, Chicago is "I have struck a city — a real city — and they call it Chicago . .. I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages." Rudyard Kipling , 1891 Chicago, Illinois: incorporated in 1837. The name comes from the Algonquian word shikaakwa , or "wild onion"*. We shit you not: it was what was growing in the swampland that was perfectly situated for continental-scale commerce. It's the third most populous city in the United States and a fabled fortress of jazz, organized crime , Michael Jordan, Daaaaaa Bearsss, the 1893 World's Fair, deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, house music, improvisational theatre, two baseball teams known for perennial mediocrity which fiercely battle for the city's love/scorn, skyscrapers, revolving doors, a very pleasant lakefront, very unpleasant winters, our current president , and a certain roughneck Midwestern charm. Its nickname of "The Windy City" comes from the Lake Michigan breezes that rattle around the skyscrapers, but wisecrackers will tell you it's from
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  • Winter '09
  • SCHEFF
  • Windy City, Algonquian word shikaakwa, roughneck Midwestern charm, now-gone cablecar loop, boastful windbag politicians

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