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13 amazing quotes about Chicago


Over the past two centuries, Chicago has inspired more writers, innovators and creative minds than pretty much anyplace else on Earth. There's no shortage of things to say about this city, and anyone who passes through will likely have something compelling to say about it. With that in mind, here are 13 amazing quotes about Chicago that should strike a chord in your heart. 

Frank Lloyd Wright

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"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world."

Mark Twain

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"She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time." 

Sarah Bernhardt

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"I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America."

Harold Ramis

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"Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest—people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we’ve got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago."

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

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"I warn you, Jedediah, you’re not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in off the lake and gosh only knows if they ever heard of lobster Newburg."

Michael Douglas

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"I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work."

Studs Terkel

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"Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt."

Claes Oldenburg

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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it."

Oprah Winfrey

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"My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here."

Nelson Algren

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“Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.”

Muddy Waters

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"Going to Chicago was like going out of the world."

Dick Gregory

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“In Chicago not only your vote counts, but all kinds of other votes—kids, dead folks, and so on.”

Mike Royko

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“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?”

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