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Why is Chicago called the Windy City if we are not always windy?

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Asked by lena695 at 10:11 PM on Mar. 20, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • Beats me, Seattle the Emerald City, and its pretty grey here

    Answer by luvschocolate at 10:13 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Kansas should be the windy city! The wind sucks here!

    Answer by lil_shannie at 10:14 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Im from there and if you've ever been DOWN TOWN in Chicago it's windy all the time.

    Answer by vbruno at 10:16 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • yeah its bc of downtown. the way the buildings are it creates insane wind tunnels. I HATED going to school downtown. on days where there was wind advisories you could hardly even walk! There was a few times that I was actually literally blown into the street by the wind (luckily I wasnt the only one so I didnt feel too stupid lol)

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 10:19 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Chicago is actually called the Windy City because of the Worlds Fair. Many people said the politicians were full of air, wind bags. Hence the City of Wind. It's from the book Devil in the White City, good book...


    Answer by Navygurl76 at 10:24 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Navgur76l is right, and it is a very good book. Erik Larson, I believe. Worth checking out, especially if you're a Chicagoan and/or a history nerd.

    Answer by lytate95 at 10:26 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Very true chicago is called windy city because of all the bull the politicians talked. So any one wants to be claimed as the windy city for actual wind go right ahead

    Answer by librapeace at 10:35 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • While Navygurl is correct, this is something we learned in textbooks, in elementary school

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:45 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • I grew up in Chicago and we never learned that in any history taught about Chicago. I didn't know it was because of the  "wind bags" until I read Devil in the White City.


    Answer by Navygurl76 at 10:51 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • I agree it should be Ks

    Answer by Nitestalker at 2:34 AM on Mar. 21, 2011

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