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Mark Twain

"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago-she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time." — Mark Twain



Michael Douglas

"I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work." — Michael Douglas



Norman Mailer

"Chicago was a town where nobody could forget how the money was made. It was picked up from floors still slippery with blood." — Norman Mailer



Nelson Algren

"Once you've come to be a part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real." — Nelson Algren



Oprah Winfrey

"My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here." — Oprah Winfrey



Rudyard Kipling

"I have struck a city—a real city—and they call it Chicago… Having seen it, I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages." — Rudyard Kipling



Hillary Rodham Clinton

"Being a [Chicago] Cubs fan prepares you for life—and Washington." — Hillary Clinton



E. M. Forster, by Dora Carrington c. 1924-1925

"Chicago—is—oh well a façade of skyscrapers facing a lake, and behind the façade every type of dubiousness." — E. M. Forster


"Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos." — Ben Hecht


"[Chicago] is the greatest and most typically American of all cities. New York is bigger and more spectacular and can outmatch it in other superlatives, but it is a “world” city, more European in some respects than American." — John Gunther



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