"Windy City" explained (again)

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Wed Aug 22 17:12:50 UTC 2001

The name of "Windy City," which is sometimes used by village papers in New York and Michigan to designate Chicago, is intended as a tribute to the refreshing lake breezes of the great summer resort of the West, but is an awkward and rather ill-chosen expression and is doubtless misunderstood.
--CHICAGO TRIBUNE (editorial page), 11 September 1886

   Sent to the Chicago Tribune's ombudsman and reporters, on many occasions, for the past five years.  There's a lot more, too.  I had sent huge packages of information.  No one would reply.

..there will be a mad baseball reporter in the "city of winds" before sundown.
--SPORTING LIFE, 19 August 1885, pg. 1, col. 2

_From the Windy City:_
_Judge Foote's Civil Rights decision_
--CLEVELAND GAZEETE, 19 September 1885
(Available on the Library of Congress's American Memory Database)

   Troy was first know as the "windy city."
   Later, Siena, Italy, was called the "city of winds" (Citta dei Venti).
   In the early 1880s, the Chicago Tribune wanted to promote Chicago as a summer resort.  An attraction was the cool breeze off the lake.  By 1885, Chicago was the "city of winds" and "windy city."
   The 1893 Columbian Exposition myth should not be repeated as truth ever again.  By the Chicago Tribune, by the Chicago Public Library, by the Chicago Historical Society, by the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, or by anyone.
   I have done much else for your city (I've given you credit for the "gyro" sandwich, "Thousand Island Dressing," "hizzoner," and more).  I have never been paid or honored.
  This was partly explained in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2 January 2001, pg. A20.

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