List of nicknames for Chicago
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- "Windy City" – The origins of this name are disputed; see Windy City (nickname).
- "Chi-Town" – This nickname is also used for the hockey teams Chi-Town Shooters and Chi-Town Shamrocks.
- "Second City" – By one possible etymology, this refers to the fact that Chicago had the second largest metropolitan area in the United States for most of the 20th century (Los Angeles is now larger). Alternatively, it may refer to the rebuilding of the city between the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.
- "City of Big Shoulders" – This nickname is taken from the fifth line of Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago".
- "City by the Lake" – Used as early as the 1890s.
- "City in a Garden" – English translation of the Latin motto on the city seal: "Urbs in Horto"
- "The City that Works" – A slogan from Mayor Richard J. Daley's tenure as mayor, describing Chicago as a blue-collar, hard-working city, which ran relatively smoothly.
- "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" – From the song "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, words by Sammy Cahn, 1964) popularized by Frank Sinatra in the film Robin and the Seven Hoods about a fictional popular Chicago gangster.
- "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
- "Chi-beria" – A play on Siberia, a nickname largely used during the 2014 North American Cold Wave.
- "Chiraq" or "Chi-Raq" – Controversial combination of Chicago and Iraq to compare Chicago's high crime rates to the war torn country Iraq. Spike Lee's 2015 film Chi-Raq uses it as the title.
- "The Go" – recent nickname originating among Morgan Park teenagers.
- Seeger, Eugen. "Chicago, the Wonder City" (p. 384) G. Gregory Printing Company, 1893 – Chicago
- Adams, Cecil (2009) "What's the origin of 'The city that works'?"
- Levy, John M. (2009) Contemporary Urban Planning.
- Parker, Alex (January 5, 2014). "Chicago Extreme Cold: City Dubbed 'Chiberia' as Dangerous Weather Moves In" Archived 2015-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., DNAinfo. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
- "Goodbye, 'Chiraq': City Teens Want To Make 'The Go' Happen". DNAinfo Chicago. Archived from the original on 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2017-10-05.