This course is about Chicago, We will cover the history of the city and region, the politics, corruption, arts, plans, neighborhoods, humor, achievements and the future of the City.
Chicago is know as the "Windy City", probably because:
1. The City is on Lake Michigan with resulting wind and weather from the Lake, especially near downtown with tall buildings.
Both one and two are correct.
The earliest known reference to Chicago as the "Windy City" is from an 1858Chicago Tribunearticle.The first known repeated effort to label Chicago with this nickname is from 1876 and involves Chicago's rivalry with Cincinnati. The term "Windy City" was popularized and came into common usage byThe Suneditor,Charles Dana, in the bidding for the 1893Columbian Exposition. The popularity of the nickname has endured, long after the Cincinnati rivalry and the Columbian Exposition ended.
The following "windy city" explanation is from theFreeborn County StandardofAlbert Lea, Minnesota, on November 20, 1892:
Chicago has been called the “windy” city, the term being used metaphorically to make out that Chicagoans were braggarts. The city is losing this reputation, for the reason that as people got used to it they found most of her claims to be backed up by facts. As usual, people go to extremes in this thing also, and one can tell a stranger almost anything about Chicago today and feel that he believes it implicitly.
But in another sense Chicago is actually earning the title of the “windy” city. It is one of the effects of the tall buildings which engineers and architects apparently did not foresee that the wind is sucked down into the streets. Walk past the Masonic Temple or the Auditorium any day even though it may be perfectly calm elsewhere, and you will meet with a lively breeze at the base of the building that will compel you to put your hand to your hat.
Chicago had long billed itself as an ideal summer resort because of its cool lake breeze. The Boston Globe of July 8, 1873, wrote that "a few years ago, Chicago advertised itself as a summer resort, on the strength of the lake breezes which so nicely tempered the mid-summer heats." The Chicago Tribune of June 14, 1876, discussed "Chicago as a Summer Resort" at length, proudly declaring that "the people of this city are enjoying cool breezes, refreshing rains, green fields, a grateful sun, and balmy air—winds from the north and east tempered by the coolness of the lake, and from the south and west, bearing to us frequent hints of the grass, flowers, wheat and corn of the prairies."
A typical summer weather forecast on TV or radio will predict a day's high temperature, with the appended comment: "cooler near the lake."
Mar 26, 2009 – User Name...Windy City= Full of blow hard Politicians, all you have to do is blow ... I'm not ripping Chicago or the people, I'm just amazed on how many people all over the us don't know the meaning behind the windy city.