Monday, 2 September 2019

50 Cities of the World #38 Chicago

An other trip inside USA. Well...the country has the size of a continent so it's normal there are lots of interesting cities to visit.

Today we go to the Windy City Chicago. The city I always tend to type as 'Chigaco'...I have keyboard dyslexia sorry...

Well, I was checking the other existing nicknames for Chicago and this one I just don't get it: City of Big Shoulders.

Errrrrr someone to enlight me please!?

Besides that the representation of back then Chicago to the current Chicago changed *just* a bit.

Still one of the most important cities, but I don't know if you can still say it's the second most important after NYC.

But hey! Cubs one the WS after so many years!

Checking the city wiki page I also found out that its best known for Italian cuisine. Pizza and pasta and we are all good to go!

For more on Chicago here the wiki page.



    "City of the Big Shoulders" – This nickname is taken from the fifth line of Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago".

    Hog Butcher for the World,
    Tool maker, Stacker of Wheat,
    Player with Railroads and the Nation's
    Freight Handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the Big Shoulders:

    They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
    And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
    Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
    Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
    Building, breaking, rebuilding,
    Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
    Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
    Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
    Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
    Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

    1. WoW That's nice! Thanks for the poem info =)

  2. A trip to Wrigley is definitely on my bucket list.

    1. To how many stadiums of MLB teams have you been!?

    2. Oakland Coliseum, Candlestick Park, AT&T, Dodger Stadium, Kingdome, Chase Field, Jack Murphy Stadium... and possibly Angel Stadium (pretty sure I went there in the 90's on a roadtrip... but not 100% positive).

    3. WoW That's quite a you intend to go to all of them, like the AL or the NL all stadiums?

    4. It's a goal of mine, but it's not really realistic. If I can go to 15 different ballparks at some point, I'll be happy.