Where Chicago got it’s name & why it’s actually called the Windy City
This week we are going to keep it local with a little info about Chicago.
THE “WINDY CITY” EXPLAINED
Most Chicagoans are aware that Chicago is called “the windy city” not because of the wind, but because of it’s blowhard politicians who are full of hot air. If you take the underground route to the cta at O’hare airport you see a wall mural which has a character with a close resemblance to former Mayor Daley blowing wind across the city.
WHERE CHICAGO GOT IT’S NAME
This is a fun fact I just picked up this past weekend while on a city tour with my sister who was visiting from out of town.
Chicago got its name from the onion plants which grew in the southern end of lake Michigan and the connecting (chicago) river. The local Potawatomi tribe called this plant “chicagoua.”
When the french arrived in the late 1600’s they got a little confused and thought it was the name of the area. Over time it evolved into “CHICAGO”
Now if you are interested in where Milwaukee got its name you can listen to Alice Coopers discussion below.