History UsefulNotes / Chicago

17th Feb '17 6:18:00 PM bt8257
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Chicago, Illinois: incorporated in 1837. The name comes from the Algonquian word ''shikaakwa'', or "wild onion"[[note]]Or "smelly onion" depending on how you translate it[[/note]]. We kid you not: it was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what was growing]] in the swampland around Lake Michigan that was perfectly situated for continental-scale commerce. It's the third most populous city in the United States and a fabled fortress of jazz, [[TheMafia organized crime]], UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Daaaaaa Bearsss]], the 1893 World's Fair, deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, house music, improvisational theatre, pinball, lots and lots of drawbridges, two baseball teams known for perennial mediocrity which fiercely battle for the city's love/scorn, skyscrapers, revolving doors, [[note]][[http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/swinging-times-why-chicago-has-so-many-revolving-doors-114058 it's estimated]] that Chicago has one-third of the revolving doors ''in the entire world''[[/note]] a very pleasant lakefront, very unpleasant winters, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the 44th president]], and a certain roughneck Midwestern charm. Its nickname of "The Windy City" was coined by Charles Dana of the ''New York Sun'' to dismiss Chicago politicians promising that if they got the World's Fair in 1893, it would be awesome, as being full of hot air. (They got the fair, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and it was indeed awesome.]]) Aside from that, the city had a massive fire in 1871, widely suspected in UrbanLegend of having been started by a cow, which leveled much of the city and killed 200-300 people. [[note]]That is, the fire did. [[DontExplaintheJoke Not the cow.]] [[WildMassGuessing We think.]]The cow survived the fire[[/note]]

During the Prohibition period, it was the home base of UsefulNotes/AlCapone. Blacks, fleeing the [[DeepSouth Jim Crow south]], made it a blues center. A squash court at the University of Chicago was the site of the world's first controlled nuclear reaction.

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Chicago, Illinois: incorporated in 1837. The name comes from the Algonquian word ''shikaakwa'', or "wild onion"[[note]]Or "smelly onion" depending on how you translate it[[/note]]. We kid you not: it was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what was growing]] in the swampland around Lake Michigan that was perfectly situated for continental-scale commerce. It's the third most populous city in the United States and a fabled fortress of jazz, [[TheMafia organized crime]], UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Daaaaaa Bearsss]], the 1893 World's Fair, deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, house music, improvisational theatre, pinball, lots and lots of drawbridges, two baseball teams known for perennial mediocrity which fiercely battle for the city's love/scorn, skyscrapers, revolving doors, [[note]][[http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/swinging-times-why-chicago-has-so-many-revolving-doors-114058 it's estimated]] that Chicago has one-third of the revolving doors ''in the entire world''[[/note]] a very pleasant lakefront, very unpleasant winters, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the 44th president]], and a certain roughneck Midwestern charm. Its nickname of "The Windy City" was coined by Charles Dana of the ''New York Sun'' to dismiss Chicago politicians promising that if they got the World's Fair in 1893, it would be awesome, as being full of hot air. (They got the fair, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and it was indeed awesome.]]) Aside from that, the city had a massive fire in 1871, widely suspected in UrbanLegend of having been started by a cow, which leveled much of the city and killed 200-300 people. [[note]]That is, the fire did. [[DontExplaintheJoke Not the cow.]] [[WildMassGuessing We think.]]The ]] The cow survived the fire[[/note]]

During the Prohibition period, it was the home base of UsefulNotes/AlCapone. Blacks, Blacks fleeing the [[DeepSouth Jim Crow south]], south]] made it a blues center. A squash court at the University of Chicago was the site of the world's first controlled nuclear reaction.
27th Jan '17 12:57:43 AM LtFedora
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' - Chicago is mentioned to have been destroyed by the aliens in the second wave, along with Atlanta and Philadelphia
20th Jan '17 10:09:02 AM dpisel01
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* ''Film/MeanGirls'' is set in Evanston, an affluent Chicago suburb.
19th Jan '17 7:50:24 AM Kalmbach
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* ''Literature/CompleteWorldKnowledge'' double subverts Chicago. According to [[TheAreasOfMyExpertise the first book in the series]], Chicago is actually nothing but myth. During the [[MayanDoomsday End Times of 2012]], however, as chronicled in [[Literature/ThatIsAll the final part of the trilogy]], Chicago rises up from the mud at last.

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* ''Literature/CompleteWorldKnowledge'' double subverts Chicago. According to [[TheAreasOfMyExpertise the first book in the series]], Chicago is actually nothing but myth.myth, along the lines of {{Brigadoon}}. During the [[MayanDoomsday End Times of 2012]], however, as chronicled in [[Literature/ThatIsAll the final part of the trilogy]], Chicago rises up from the mud at last.
29th Dec '16 11:24:38 AM zealots
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* ''Literature/Everworld'' The setting opens in northern Chicago, where all the main characters are from, and after being pulled into the titular Everworld the narrative oscillates between the travails of the kids through Everworld and their periodic returns to everyday life in Chicago when they fall asleep or are otherwise made unconscious. [[spoiler:In the last book it is heavily implied the kids have crossed over entirely into Everworld as the last two pages detail a February 18th, 2001 Chicago news story detailing the mysterious disappearances of five local teens.]

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* ''Literature/Everworld'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' The setting opens in northern Chicago, where all the main characters are from, and after being pulled into the titular Everworld the narrative oscillates between the travails of the kids through Everworld and their periodic returns to everyday life in Chicago when they fall asleep or are otherwise made unconscious. [[spoiler:In the last book it is heavily implied the kids have crossed over entirely into Everworld as the last two pages detail a February 18th, 2001 Chicago news story detailing the mysterious disappearances of five local teens.]]]
29th Dec '16 11:21:25 AM zealots
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* ''Film/ChildsPlay''

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* ''Film/ChildsPlay''''Film/ChildsPlay'' - The first two films of the franchise are set in Chicago, and the original was filmed there to boot. The [[FriendsRentControl absurdly-spacious apartment]] Karen and Andy occupy in the first film was actually filmed in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brewster_Apartments Brewster Apartments]], an actual historic apartment building located in Lakeview.


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* ''Literature/Everworld'' The setting opens in northern Chicago, where all the main characters are from, and after being pulled into the titular Everworld the narrative oscillates between the travails of the kids through Everworld and their periodic returns to everyday life in Chicago when they fall asleep or are otherwise made unconscious. [[spoiler:In the last book it is heavily implied the kids have crossed over entirely into Everworld as the last two pages detail a February 18th, 2001 Chicago news story detailing the mysterious disappearances of five local teens.]
12th Dec '16 12:34:08 AM CaptainSkywalker
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*** Longest Championship drought in American sports, lasting an astonishing **108** years starting in 1908 and finally ending in 2016

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*** Longest Championship drought in American sports, lasting an astonishing **108** ''108'' years starting in 1908 and finally ending in 2016
12th Dec '16 12:32:58 AM CaptainSkywalker
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*** Longest Championship drought in American sports, lasting an astonishing **108** years starting in 1908 and finally ending in 2016
26th Nov '16 6:31:22 PM calyurk
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* UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} loyalties are split between the National League Cubs on the North Side and American League White Sox on the South Side. Both teams suffered from legendarily long titles droughts until the Sox won the World Series in 2005[[note]]a sweep of the UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} Astros, their first MLB championship in 88 years[[/note]], while the Cubs have made it to 108 years with nothing before finally breaking the streak in 2016. Each has periods of ups and downs, though most of the time neither team is really anything to write home about for instance, in 2012 the Cubs were the second worst team in all of baseball, and while the Sox managed to finish the same season only a few games behind the American League Central-leading UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Tigers, that spoke more to the mediocrity of the AL Central that year rather than the particular quality of the Sox (or the Tigers for that matter). That said, the FandomRivalry tends to spark interest regardless of how they are actually playing.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} loyalties are split between the National League Cubs on the North Side and American League White Sox on the South Side. Both teams suffered from legendarily long titles droughts until the Sox won the World Series in 2005[[note]]a sweep of the UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} Astros, their first MLB championship in 88 years[[/note]], while the Cubs have made it to 108 years with nothing before finally breaking the streak in 2016. Each has periods of ups and downs, though most of the time neither team is really anything to write home about for instance, in 2012 the Cubs were the second worst team in all of baseball, and while the Sox managed to finish the same season only a few games behind the American League Central-leading UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Tigers, that spoke more to the mediocrity of the AL Central that year rather than the particular quality of the Sox (or the Tigers for that matter). That said, the FandomRivalry tends to spark interest regardless of how they are actually playing.
22nd Nov '16 7:23:37 AM TheBigBopper
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Chicago, Illinois: incorporated in 1837. The name comes from the Algonquian word ''shikaakwa'', or "wild onion"[[note]]Or "smelly onion" depending on how you translate it[[/note]]. We kid you not: it was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what was growing]] in the swampland around Lake Michigan that was perfectly situated for continental-scale commerce. It's the third most populous city in the United States and a fabled fortress of jazz, [[TheMafia organized crime]], UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Daaaaaa Bearsss]], the 1893 World's Fair, deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, house music, improvisational theatre, pinball, lots and lots of drawbridges, two baseball teams known for perennial mediocrity which fiercely battle for the city's love/scorn, skyscrapers, revolving doors, [[note]][[http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/swinging-times-why-chicago-has-so-many-revolving-doors-114058 it's estimated]] that Chicago has one-third of the revolving doors ''in the entire world''[[/note]] a very pleasant lakefront, very unpleasant winters, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama our current president]], and a certain roughneck Midwestern charm. Its nickname of "The Windy City" was coined by Charles Dana of the ''New York Sun'' to dismiss Chicago politicians promising that if they got the World's Fair in 1893, it would be awesome, as being full of hot air. (They got the fair, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and it was indeed awesome.]]) Aside from that, the city had a massive fire in 1871, widely suspected in UrbanLegend of having been started by a cow, which leveled much of the city and killed 200-300 people. [[note]]That is, the fire did. [[DontExplaintheJoke Not the cow.]] [[WildMassGuessing We think.]]The cow survived the fire[[/note]]

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Chicago, Illinois: incorporated in 1837. The name comes from the Algonquian word ''shikaakwa'', or "wild onion"[[note]]Or "smelly onion" depending on how you translate it[[/note]]. We kid you not: it was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what was growing]] in the swampland around Lake Michigan that was perfectly situated for continental-scale commerce. It's the third most populous city in the United States and a fabled fortress of jazz, [[TheMafia organized crime]], UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan, [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Daaaaaa Bearsss]], the 1893 World's Fair, deep-dish pizza, Frank Lloyd Wright, house music, improvisational theatre, pinball, lots and lots of drawbridges, two baseball teams known for perennial mediocrity which fiercely battle for the city's love/scorn, skyscrapers, revolving doors, [[note]][[http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/swinging-times-why-chicago-has-so-many-revolving-doors-114058 it's estimated]] that Chicago has one-third of the revolving doors ''in the entire world''[[/note]] a very pleasant lakefront, very unpleasant winters, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama our current the 44th president]], and a certain roughneck Midwestern charm. Its nickname of "The Windy City" was coined by Charles Dana of the ''New York Sun'' to dismiss Chicago politicians promising that if they got the World's Fair in 1893, it would be awesome, as being full of hot air. (They got the fair, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and it was indeed awesome.]]) Aside from that, the city had a massive fire in 1871, widely suspected in UrbanLegend of having been started by a cow, which leveled much of the city and killed 200-300 people. [[note]]That is, the fire did. [[DontExplaintheJoke Not the cow.]] [[WildMassGuessing We think.]]The cow survived the fire[[/note]]
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