Updated: Oct 15, 2018
Often referred to as the 'Windy City', Chicago sits on the South East shore of Lake Michigan. Whilst it is one of the largest cities in the US, the fact that it sits on the shore of the lake means that the majority of the city that you may wish to visit is all in fairly close proximity, which makes life easy if you only have a few days, and perfect if you want to add this on as a quick stop over given that it operates as a a major airline hub. See our blog on 24 hours in Chicago for more.
The name the Windy City ironically doesn’t derive from the cool breeze which blows of Lake Michigan, but rather the hot air that bellows from the people, and particularly the politicians whom reside there. Legend has it that the phrase was first coined by the New York Sun in advance of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition where politicians were making claims about the city which would be deemed ‘stretching’ the truth at the very least! The paper advocated against " the nonsensical claims of that windy city" The World Columbian Exposition was eventually hosted by Chicago and was such a significant event in the City's history that it made the Chicago City flag, for more information as to the significance of the flag see our article 'Chicago's City Flag