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“Going to Chicago was like going out of the world.”
Muddy Waters
“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
“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
“The school system sucks.”
Dorothy Tillman
“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
“Perhaps the most typically American place in America.”
James Bryce
“I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.”
Sarah Bernhardt
“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
“No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.”
Saul Bellow
“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
“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
“Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.”
Studs Terkel
“A newspaper is the lowest thing there is.”
Richard J. Daley
“Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have — Cincinnati sounds worse.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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