List of nicknames for Chicago
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- "The Windy City" - Perhaps the best-known nickname for Chicago. There are several different theories on the origin of the nickname.
- "Second City" - This was a derogatory nickname for the city used in a 1950s New Yorker article by A. J. Liebling; the phrase was later appropriated by a Chicago comedy troupe.
- "Chi-Town" or "Chitown" (// CHAI-town to // SHY-town) - Often used in CB slang as noted in the C.W. McCall song "Convoy".
- Chicagoland - A term for the city together with its surrounding suburbs. Sometimes the term encompasses the city and the nine counties around it.
- "City of Broad Shoulders" or "City of the Big Shoulders" - From Carl Sandburg's 1916 poem, "Chicago":
"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."
- "Beirut by the Lake" - From a Wall Street Journal article during the Council Wars of the 1980s.
- "City in a Garden" - English translation of the Latin motto on the city seal: "Urbs in Horto"
- "Great Commercial Tree" - From the State Anthem of Illinois
- "Heart of America" - Chicago is one of the largest transportation centers in America and its location is near the center of the United States.
- "My Kind of Town" - According to the song "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, words by Sammy Cahn, 1964) popularized by Frank Sinatra. (Originally from the film, Robin and the Seven Hoods, about a fictional popular Chicago gangster).
- "Paris on the Prairie" - From the 1909 plan for the City of Chicago created by Daniel Burnham.
- "That Toddling Town" - According to the lyrics of the song "Chicago" (music and words by Fred Fisher, 1922) also popularized by Frank Sinatra (as well as Tony Bennett).
- "The Big Onion" - An homage to the original Native American name for the area (shikaakwa, which means "wild onion" in the Miami-Illinois language), in parallel with a popular New York nickname, "The Big Apple"
- "The Black City" - a reference to the pre-1893 World's Fair Chicago (which site was called "The White City"); the phrase was prominently used in such media as The Devil in the White City
- "The Chi" (pronounced "shy")- Short for the word 'Chicago'
- "The Chill or Chi Ill" - Also used by rap musicians from the area (Chill as in Chicago Illinois)
- "The City Beautiful" - A reference to the reform movement sparked by the World's Columbian Exposition, used by Hawk Harrelson when the Chicago White Sox open a game at U.S. Cellular Field
- "The City That Works" - According to former Mayor Richard J. Daley
- "The Jewel of the Midwest" - Often used to describe Chicago and its various tourist destinations
- "Shiraq" - Because of the gang violence it is almost a war zone like Iraq
- Maudelyne Ihejirika (December 18, 1989). "First-rate reunion for Second City". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Levy, John M. (2009) Contemporary Urban Planning.