Windy City (1883)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 5 01:09:06 UTC 2002

At 7:45 PM -0500 11/4/02, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>    The New York Sun Charles A. Dana 1893 Columbian Exposition myth
>should be long dead now, but no, you gotta check this thing every
>The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
>Winter winds don't chill fest fever
>By SUSAN BLINKHORN Special to the Journal Sentinel
>Sunday, November 3, 2002
>Windy City, indeed. When old man winter appears in Chicago, the
>gusts that blow off Lake Michigan and through the city's skyscraper
>canyons are enough to knock the Marshall Field's shopping bag right
>out of your hand.
>Windy as it may be, however, Chicago's infamous moniker has nothing
>to do with the weather (Milwaukee, on average, has higher wind
>speeds) and everything to do with the city's passion for hosting
>great parties. Legend has it that back in 1893, the city's lobbying
>efforts to host the World's Fair were so verbose and long- winded
>that the New York City press dubbed Chicago the "Windy City."

Well, even though their first and second parts of their version of
"Windy City" are both false, they do say "legend has it" about the


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