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Chicago Quotes
Alive from Snout to Tail
I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard. It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail.

- H. L. Mencken
 
Always a Novelty
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 "Life On The Mississippi," 1883
 
American Place
[Chicago is] Perhaps the most typically American place in America.

- James Bryce, 1888
 
Bears Fans vs. Sharks
Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.

- Dave Barry "Sex and the Single Amoeba: What Every Teen Should Know"
 
Better Neighbor
There's only one thing for Chicago to do, and that's to move to a better neighborhood.

- Herman Fetzer
 
Broken Nosed Woman
Loving Chicago is like loving a woman with a broken nose.

- Nelson Algren
 
Cement
There was no need to inform us of the protocol involved. We were from Chicago and knew all about cement.

- Groucho Marx, pressing his hands into the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
 
Chicago Bluesman
Anywhere in the world you hear a Chicago bluesman play, it's a Chicago sound born and bred.

- Ralph Metcalfe
 
Chicago vs. Cincinnati
Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have: Cincinnati sounds worse.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, January, 1880
 
Chicago's Benefactor
I am going to St. Petersburg, Florida, tomorrow. Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I'm sick of the job - it's a thankless one and full of grief. I've been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor.

- Al Capone, 1927

 
City of Contradictions
Chicago is a city of contradictions, of private visions haphazardly overlaid and linked together. If the city was unhappy with itself yesterday - and invariably it was - it will reinvent itself today.

- Pat Colander "A Metropolis of No Little Plans" NY Times, May 5, 1985
 
Dante, Milton, and Sandburg
Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.

- Carl Sandburg, in Harry Golden, Carl Sandburg, 1961
 
Ethnic Taverns
A lot of real Chicago lives in the neighborhood taverns. It is the mixed German and Irish and Polish gift to the city, a bit of the old country grafted into a strong new plant in the new.

- Bill Granger, 1983
 
Facade of Skyscrapers
A facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade, every type of dubiousness.

- E.M. Forster
 
First in Violence
First in violence, deepest in dirt, lawless, unlovely, ill smelling, irreverent, new; an overgrown gawk of a - village, the "tough" among cities, a spectacle for the nation.

- Lincoln Steffens, "The Shame of the Cities," 1904
 
Friend of the Fans
My friends are the fans, not the owners. Dignity isn't my suit of clothes.

- Bill Veeck, two-time owner of the Chicago White Sox
 
Full of Crime as a Saw has Teeth
The last copy of the Chicago Daily News I picked up had three crime stories on its front page. But by comparison to the gaudy days, this is small-time stuff. Chicago is as full of crooks as a saw with teeth, but the era when they ruled the city is gone forever.

- John Gunther, Inside U.S.A, 1947


 
Hog Butcher for the World
Hog butcher for the world,
Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
Player with railroads and the nation's freight handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of big shoulders.

- Carl Sandburg, "Chicago," 1916
 
How Money Was Made?
Chicago was a town where nobody could forget how the money was made. It was picked up from floors still slippery with blood.

- Norman Mailer, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, 1968
 
January and February
I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February.

- Gary Cole
 
 
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