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It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago — she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. ~ Mark Twain
See also, Chicago (2002 film).

Chicago, officially named the City of Chicago, is an American city located in Illinois. It is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.


They have the time. The time or their life; I saw a man. He danced with his wife. In Chicago, my home town. ~ Fred Fisher
Chicago has a long history of police violence and torture, with the full support of the ruling Democratic Party. ~ George Marlowe
I came to discover that Chicago is that most American of American cities. ~ Barack H. Obama II
  • Once you've come to be a part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.
    • Nelson Algren: Chicago: City on the Make
  • They have the time
    The time or their life
    I saw a man
    He danced with his wife
    In Chicago, my home town.
  • Once there were old bosses. Now there are new bosses. And shopkeepers still keep their mouths shut. Tavern owners still keep their mouths shut. Even billionaires keep their mouths shut.
  • I have struck a city — a real city — and they call it Chicago… Having seen it, I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.
  • This proves, along with Baltimore, that the Dems are ultimately no better than the GOP on shit like this. Chicago has Dem leadership along with the state, after all. What does noted Democrat and Chicagoan community organizer Barack "Drones" Obama have to say about all this? Clearly it isn't meant to totally quash crime. Otherwise Chiraq wouldn't be a thing. The fact that we even have a Lubyanka to accompany our Gulag Archipelago is dispiriting and, ultimately, unsurprising.
  • I came to discover that Chicago is that most American of American cities, but one where citizens from more than 130 nations inhabit a rich tapestry of distinctive neighborhoods. Each one of those neighborhoods -- from Greektown to the Ukrainian Village; from Devon to Pilsen to Washington Park -- has its own unique character, its own unique history, its songs, its language. But each is also part of our city -- one city -- a city where I finally found a home.
  • I tried not to make judgments. These people were doing something important, all of them. They were testing ways whereby people didn’t have to live in Chicago. That was a wonder to me. I had thought Chicago was inevitable, like diarrhea.
    • John Varley, The Persistence of Vision in Nebula Winners Fourteen, p. 4.

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