The Big List of Chicago's Nicknames

Monday, May 26, 2008 | Labels: , | 0 comments |

Chicago has been called many names before, and more will come for sure as development of this great city never ends.

One of the most popular Chicago monikers would be "The Windy City." There has been much debate and confusion as to how Chicago got this monicker. Some say because Chicago is a naturally breezy area due to it's proximity to Lake Michigan. Some say it came from former rival city Cincinnati, describing Chicago as "windy" or full of bluster. The most popular origin of this nickname is that it was coined by the editor of the New York Sun, Charles Anderson Dana, in 1890 in reference to the city's claims for the World's Columbian Exposition.

Another popular nickname for Chicago is "Second City." Some people think that this nickname refers to Chicago being the second largest city, when in actuality it refers to Chicago's rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Here are some more minor Chicago nicknames:

  • Chi-Town or Chitown
  • Chicagoland
  • The White City
  • City by the Lake
  • City of the Big Shoulders
  • City of Broad Shoulders
  • City of the Century
  • The 312
  • City on the Make
  • The City That Works
  • The Big Onion
  • City in a Garden
  • Hog-Butcher to the World
  • Beirut by the Lake
  • New York Done Right
  • Illville
  • I Will City
  • Paris on the Prairie
  • Sweet Home
  • Heart of America
  • The 773
  • The Alley Capital of America
Do you have a nickname that is not on this list?

Dream Reaper's Haunted House

Monday, May 19, 2008 | Labels: , , , , | 0 comments |

Although we're still a couple of months short of November, there's nothing like a good scare. Dream Reaper's Haunted House and Nightmares Inc. will give you just that. One of Chicago's top haunted house attractions, Dream Reaper is a favorite amongst young people looking for a cheap thrills and plenty of earsplitting shrills.

Located at Melrose Park, IL, Dream Reaper is a 14000 SqFt. haunted house with over 22 rooms actors and animatronics alike with sole purpose of scaring the living daylight out of their visitors. Kids are not encouraged to come, but will be welcomed with an adult's consent.

Head over their website for more info and check out their gallery.

Buddy Guy's Legends

Sunday, May 11, 2008 | Labels: , , , , , , | 0 comments |

Buddy Guy's Legends is hands down one of the best Blues bar in Chicago. Since it opened in 1989, the who's who of Blues and Rock graced its stage including Bo Diddley, The Black Crowes, and ZZ Top just to name a few. As the name suggests, Buddy Guy's is owned by Buddy Guy.

Buddy Guy is a multi Grammy Award-winning blues and rock guitarist. He is well known for his performances which involves playing the guitar with his feet or teeth and playing it behind his back. He is known to be a major influence to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton's music.

Visit Buddy Guy's Legends website for more information about Buddy and his bar.

A New Berwyn Spindle?

Monday, May 5, 2008 | Labels: , , | 0 comments |

Although the 50-foot Berwyn Spindle was taken down Friday to make room for a new Walgreens, the top two cars - a Volkswagen Beetle and a BMW - was kept by the mall management in hopes of resurrecting the towering artwork.

Dustin Schuler, the creator and copyright owner of the sculpture, is optimistic about the deal, but has not been contacted yet about the details.