Chicago is a well-known city. It is, after all, the country’s third-largest city with about 2.7 million occupants, in accordance to the city’s official tourism site, www.explorechicago.org. Chicago history is popular because of the town’s ongoing importance..
The majority of us know it by its moniker as the Windy City, as the home to the beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team, and as a area that has some pretty spectacular snow storms, as evidenced by the great blizzard of 2011 in early February.
But how did Chicago get its name as the Windy City? What does the name Chicago mean? How old is the city and why do many people call it the “City of Big Shoulders”? For answers to these questions and some more “fun facts” about Chicago, see below.
The name Chicago is a French meaning of the Miami-Illinois people’s word shikaakwa, which means “wild garlic” or “wild onion.”
A bit of fast Chicago history: Chicago as a town eventually got its start in 1833 with a population of just around 200, expanding rapidly to more than 4,000 by 1837. The City of Chicago merged in March 1837.
As for the moniker “Windy City,” Wikipedia.org states that the “earliest known reference” to the moniker came to exist in an 1858 Chicago Tribune article, but it wasn’t until 1876 that city enhancers really worked to get the moniker to stick as a way to divide Chicago from Cincinnati.
As for the “Big Shoulders” moniker, this nickname emerged when poet Carl Sanders celebrated Chicago’s status as the country’s industrial capital of the early 1900s in his poem “Chicago”, published in 1916 in Chicago Poems, his first collection.
Some really great “fun facts” about Chicago from TheAverageChicagoan.com:
? Chicago has 15 miles of public beach and 29 miles of lake front.
? More Poles live in Chicago than in any other city of the world, except Warsaw.
? The city’s central water filtration plant, located on Navy Pier, is the biggest in the world.
? Chicago’s public library is the biggest in the world, with more than two million books.
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