The Windy City

That Chicago has been called the "Windy City" for a long time is not really in dispute. It's the origin of the phrase people can not quite agree upon.

One group is convinced it is because of the constant breeze off Lake Michigan, excacerbated by the skyscrapers along the lake's shore.  

Others are steadfastly holding to the view that the city was called "Windy City", because it was and still is a hotbed for politicians full of hot air. 

I must admit that I sort of like the latter explanation. 

Brad and I spent a couple of days in Chicago recently. This was my first visit to this city and as brief as our visit was, I came back with quite a positive impression. 

Here are a few photographs:

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 The Chicago River Centennial Fountain

The Chicago River Centennial Fountain

 "Airing" ones birds on a residential side street.

"Airing" ones birds on a residential side street.

 The famous Chicago "L"

The famous Chicago "L"

 The "Loop"

The "Loop"

 The "Loop"

The "Loop"

 The "Cloud Gate" sculpture, aka "the Bean".

The "Cloud Gate" sculpture, aka "the Bean".

 Reflections...

Reflections...

 Harris Theater

Harris Theater

 Then Buckingham Fountain

Then Buckingham Fountain

 METRA entrance donated by RATP, Paris. 

METRA entrance donated by RATP, Paris. 

 Chicago Stock Exchange

Chicago Stock Exchange

 Chicago River Bridges

Chicago River Bridges

 Chicago Skyline from the Navy Pier

Chicago Skyline from the Navy Pier

 Lighthouse at the end of the Navy Pier

Lighthouse at the end of the Navy Pier