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Monday, March 15, 2010

CHICAGO: A City by Any Other Name

A City by Any Other Name

By Leo E. Martin

"Hog butcher for the world,
Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
Player with railroads and the nation's freight handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the big shoulders."
-Carl Sandburg, Chicago, 1916

Whether referred to as the "city of the big shoulders," the Windy City, or Chi-town, Chicagoland is a city of a thousand nicknames. Perhaps the most controversial of these numerous cognomens is "the second city," a disparaging label given to the city by A. J. Liebling in an article he penned for the New Yorker in 1952. Read on...

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