Commentary on Urban Affairs in Chicago
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“Going to Chicago was like going out of the world.”
Muddy Waters
“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
“Chicago is unique. It is the only completely corrupt city in America.”
Charles Merriam
“Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world,”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have — Cincinnati sounds worse.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
“One of the hallmarks of Chicago is that we do so many things in an original manner. What other city has made a river flow backwards? What other city makes traffic flow backwards?”
Mike Royko
“A newspaper is the lowest thing there is.”
Richard J. Daley
“I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.”
Sarah Bernhardt
“I have struck a city, a real city, and they call it Chicago. I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.”
Rudyard Kipling
“No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.”
Saul Bellow
“Perhaps the most typically American place in America.”
James Bryce
“The school system sucks.”
Dorothy Tillman
“Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.”
Studs Terkel
“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
“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

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