Do you recognize this?  It is Chicago – the Windy City.  But do you know why it is called the Windy City?  I did not know the answer to that until I read the book The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson.  From Wiki:

The book is set in Chicago in 1893 intertwining the true tales of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the1893 World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who lured his victims to their deaths in his elaborately constructed “Murder Castle.”

If you are a history buff, this book is for you.  It was a World Fair that changed America – an amazing number of inventions arrived on the scene that year.  And anyone who plans events will read with fascination and empathy what it took even to transport the nails they needed for the setup of the Fair to Chicago.

But back to the question at the beginning of this little post.  Apparently, Chicago had some very long-winded, annoying politicians – they called them “windbags”.  And that is why Chicago is called the Windy City.

Bring to mind anything today?  Hmmmmmm…

Ciao for now, but not for long.



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