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 the City of Chicago, is a North American city located in the U.S. state of 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
I came to discover that Chicago is that most American of American cities. ~ Barack H. Obama II
Chicago has a long history of police violence and torture, with the full support of the ruling Democratic Party. ~ George Marlowe


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • In Chicago, the republicans needed the Negro vote to elect their whole ticket, so a nigger was nominated for judge and elected.


  • 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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