Why Chicago Is Really Called The Windy City

12/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Robert Cass Chicago Reader

"If you had always assumed that Chicago earned its nickname as the Windy City from the chilly gusts coming off Lake Michigan, you would be wrong. The city is windy, according to most local legends, because of the hot air bellowing from politicians."

Actually, you'd be right, but you'd be fighting an uphill battle against the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Chicago Public Library.

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