Thursday, January 27, 2011

Why ‘Windy City’?

Chicago is known as the ‘Windy City’ but many people, including Chicagoans, do not know the real reason the city was given this nickname.

Many believe it’s due to the strong and frequent winds the city experiences coming off of Lake Michigan. Although this has become an accepted reason, it is not the original one. The title was actually given to the city in 1893 by an editor for the New York Sun who was tired of long-winded Chicago politicians bragging about the great things that were to come at the World’s Columbian Exposition to be held in Chicago later that year. Hence, the nickname the ‘Windy City’ was born.

Does your hometown or city have a nickname? Do you know where it originated from? If so, share it with us!

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