It’s no secret by now that, as a born and bred Chicagoan, I am totally proud of my city. I think that Chicago has it all: urban culture, beautiful architecture, famous heroes, and a friendly Midwestern feel. It has long been known as the “Second City” and people often compare it to New York, but I think it has a completely different vibe and atmosphere than the Big Apple, and I wouldn’t live anywhere else, despite the frigid winters. Here are some of the greatest moments in the history of Chicago; you can rep your own hometown in the comments!
Chicago’s history of crime is well documented at this point and it adds to some of the city’s unique history. With head gangster Al Capone in charge, the city was a hotbed of gangsters, illegal alcohol, and seductive jazz music. We even have our very own musical about this time!
By the Thirties, the city was booming culturally and architecturally, with the building of the world’s first skyscraper and hosting the World’s Fair. Expansion and change were on the agenda for a town that had been fraught with corruption and illegality.
As the home of the first controlled nuclear reaction, Chicago was both prepared and unprepared for WWII, but it didn’t stop Chicagoans from taking advantage of the city’s numerous forms of entertainment.
After the war, Chicago started to lighten up once again and take advantage of its youth-oriented culture. Families began leaving the city in search of a more suburban lifestyle, but the city itself was still as energetic as ever.
With places like The Playboy Club and The Pump Room opening up, Chicago once again had a reputation, but this time it was for being immensely popular among celebrities. Stars flocked to these popular locations to see and be seen, and to enjoy our rich culture.
Fifty years after jazz music put Chicago on the cultural map, Motown and blues came around and did it again. With so many amazing bars and locales, Chicago has been a favorite for bands to play in for years.
In the Eighties, a young man named Barack Obama came to Chicago to work as an organizer in the South Side. He never left, and Chicago is probably most well-known at this point for being the hometown of our President.
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