“Chicago is called ‘The Windy City’ not because of our winds (which are present, but not markedly above average), but because of our citizens’ historical propensity to go on about themselves. The nickname took root during a late 19th-century rivalry with Cincinnati. Both cities had a meatpacking industry and baseball, and this was enough to stir up a war of words. We fought, bafflingly, over rights to the nickname 'Porkopolis,’ and our dueling baseball teams, the Red Stockings and the White Stockings. The Cincinnati sports writers, tired of our braggadocio, made 'windy city’ stick.

And 'The Second City’ was not coined by A.J. Liebling in his outwardly snotty book about Chicago’s inferiority to New York. We earned that one in the 19th century as well, when the city burned to the ground and we built an entirely new city — the second city — in its place.”

The Camaraderie of the Underrated: JC Gabel Relaunches The Chicagoan by Janet Potter


2/9; happy birthday johnny suh ♡ happy birthday to our patient king, our charismatic dancer, sentimental pianist, foreign swagger, caring hyung, overflowing confident prince, cheesy pick-up line lover, meme boy, Chicagoan, and our precious tall johnny ♡ we wait for the day sm releases you and the boys from their dungeon, its almost been a decade for you, we want to see you shine bright on stage. happy birthday seo youngho ♡  

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City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water
By Chicago Tribune

More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.

In a peer-reviewed study, researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found alarming levels of the brain-damaging metal can flow out of household faucets for years after construction work disrupts service lines that connect buildings to the city’s water system. 

Nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead.