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Chicago City Quotes


"I love Chicago. I have big investments in Chicago, and I think it's a great city." - Donald Trump

"Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring." - Nelson Algren

"Chicago is a beautiful city - the architecture, the food, everything in the city is awesome." - Chance The Rapper

"And Kansas City is at Chicago tonight, or is it Chicago at Kansas City? Well, no matter as Kansas City leads in the eighth 4 to 4." - Jerry Coleman

"I love Chicago. I know Chicago. And Chicago is a great city. It can be a great city. It can't be a great city if people are shot walking down the street for a loaf of bread." - Donald Trump

"There's no greater city between Memorial Day and Labor Day than Chicago. It's the single best summer city in America." - Michael Wilbon

"Chicago has been characterized as the most segregated city in the United States, a city they said could never change." - Harold Washington

"What an incredibly beautiful city at night Chicago is. Absolutely beautiful." - Nik Wallenda

"I cannot watch the city of Chicago be destroyed by petty politics and bad government." - Harold Washington

"I like Chicago. It's a great city. It's always fun to revisit it." - Judd Nelson

"Chicago is not the most corrupt American city, it's the most theatrically corrupt." - Studs Terkel

"Chicago gave me more music than any other city in America." - Dave Grohl

"Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place." - A J Liebling

"No city embraced privatization more eagerly than Chicago, where I live." - Bethany Mclean

"Chicago is unique. It is the only completely corrupt city in America." - Charles Edward Merriam

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

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

"I loved 'Chicago Code;' I watched that a lot. It was great because it really captured the city - I'm from Chicago, too." - Jessy Schram

"I came out of the old Second City in Chicago. Chicago actors are more hard-nosed. They're tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They're self-demanding." - Bill Murray

"Chicago is great! It's like the heart of America. It's the center and it's a beautiful city." - Michael Sucsy

"I love Chicago. It is my new favorite city. It is the perfect place to do any kind of theater." - Christopher Lee

"That's great advertising when you can turn Chicago into a city you'd want to spend more than three hours in." - Jerry Della Femina

"Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals." - Harold Washington

"I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city - for one Chicago." - Jane Byrne

"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

"I love Chicago. It was an awesome place to grow up. It's a big city but it doesn't feel like one. I can't imagine that if I had kids I would raise them anywhere else besides Chicago." - Chris McCaughan

"City wits, country humorists." - Mason Cooley

"Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine. First they were driving through countryside, then, imperceptibly, the occasional town became a low suburban sprawl, and the sprawl became the city." - Neil Gaiman

"Partying means drinking. It also means playing records by Lou Reed and Chicago, which I thought was a city but is also a band it turns out." - Ron Currie Jr.

"An amusing city, Chicago, any way you look at it. I'm afraid we are in for the time of our lives." - Karen Abbott

"(Chicago is) the only major city in the country where you can easily buy your way out of a murder rap." - Nelson Algren

"I want to be on that team that wins the world championship here in Chicago and sees the city go crazy." - Derrek Lee

"CHICAGO: Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders." - Carl Sandburg

"I tell you, Heaven is a real, literal, physical place, a city as material, as physical, as literal as Chicago or London or New York or Tokyo." - John R. Rice

"Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and I love that. It's cool to have different foods from all over the world within a stone's throw of my house." - Rick Bayless

"I joined an improv group in college, which was a lot of fun. After I graduated, I moved to Chicago to try to get into the Second City." - Steve Carell

"I wrote my first novel and my second novel in Chicago. It was the place where I became a writer. It's my favorite city." - John Green

"I love Chicago, and I still think it's the best city there is. Most of my family and all of my friends are here." - Sean Giambrone

"I started out as a high school teacher in inner-city Chicago and realized quite quickly that my students weren't that motivated." - Jack Canfield

"Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago." - Jane Byrne

"In the days and months I spent walking through the various communities of this city, I found that Chicago did not work for everyone, however." - Jane Byrne

"I've very proud to be mayor of our great city. It's a city with a heart and a soul. Chicago has a unique spirit. Our business community wants to give back." - Richard M Daley

"My stepfather had a connection with The Second City and told me I should go there. I woke up in a cold sweat one night and said, 'I'm moving to Chicago.' That's how I went to Second City." - Ian Gomez

"The Illinois Constitution was written before they realized they'd have a city the size of Chicago in the state. The constitution had severe limits on the ability of any city to raise monies through taxes and bonds. When Chicago grew explosively, they had to come up with ways of getting more money to do more things." - Gary Krist

"There is always going to something very grounded about the characters I play, because of my Chicago roots, because the city is so grounded. Even my wife pointed it out when we were in the city, she said that even the architecture is grounded in Chicago, it's so solid. Because it has to deal with winters. There is something about Chicago that keeps people centered and grounded." - Jake M. Johnson

"New York is the only real city-city." - Truman Capote

"For me today, Hull City beat Hull City." - Phil Brown

"I love Chicago. Chicago is my home." - Jonathan Toews

"Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning." - Giotto Di Bondone

"I am my city. Nobody from my city wants to hear about my city." - Lil Wayne

"I've called Chicago home for nearly 25 years. It's a city of broad shoulders and big hearts and bold dreams; a city of legendary sports figures, legendary sports venues, and legendary sports fans; a city like America itself, where the world - the world's races and religions and nationalities come together and reach for the dream that brought them here." - Barack Obama

"I have a place in Chicago and I get there as much as I can. The city is so unbelievably beautiful. It's one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I'm in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease." - Jeremy Piven

"I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent." - Saul Bellow

"I've always wanted to do theater in Chicago. Chicago is a big theater town-and, in some ways, I think this city is savvier and smarter than New York. Sometimes, I think it's a little too chic to go to theater in New York these days." - Jeffrey Donovan

"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

"If you stand still in any city long enough, you see everyone pass you by. So you're in Chicago. If you stand on the corner of Belmont and Clark, and you do that for three years, you'll pretty much have seen everybody in Chicago pass that junction." - Glen Hansard

"I grew up in the inner city of Chicago, and then I moved to Robbins, and it kind of raised me. When I was in college, I actually had them change the starting lineup to say 'from Robbins, Illinois' instead of 'Chicago, Illinois.'" - Dwyane Wade

"As it happens, Chicago is the nation's leader in municipal privatization efforts. That's right: The city that conservatives portray as the citadel of the power-grabbing, government-growing left has been selling itself off in pieces for years. It signed a 99-year lease for the Chicago Skyway, a toll road in the city's South Side, back in 2005." - Thomas Frank

"I have a place in Chicago and I get there as much as I can... The city is so unbelievably beautiful. It's one of the greatest cities on the planet. My heart beats differently when I'm in Chicago. It slows down and I feel more at ease." - Jeremy Piven

"I was always very curious about what a scientist's life was like when I was young. Of course, when I was young, you didn't have very many opportunities to find out with no web, TV. I was very lucky: I was born in the city of Chicago and went to the University of Chicago where I actually saw things." - James D Watson

"It's easy to say why I love coming to Chicago for my signings, because I still remember the very first time I came to Chicago, right before 'Shiver' came out. I remember I was so struck by the feel of the city, how wide open it felt, even with these massive buildings all around me. The parks and green spaces are incredible." - Maggie Stiefvater

"When I first got out of school, I went on a children's theater tour, and I went around the country a little bit that fall, and it was the first time I went to Chicago. We spend a couple of days in Chicago, and I was really struck viscerally by the city." - Allison Tolman

"[Chicago] is the greatest and most typically American of all cities. New York is bigger and more spectacular and can outmatch it in other superlatives, but it is a "world" city, more European in some respects than American." - John Gunther

"Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain; enough in a gram of flesh to run the city of Chicago for 2 days. And you say you are tired?" - Paramahansa Yogananda

"A long generation ago, back in the twisted twenties when Chicago was still a dangerous city, a mild-mannered youth called Fancy used to tend bar in a dingy speak-easy on the wrong side of Van Buren Street." - Nelson Algren

"I'm not really looking forward to wearing a black rubber suit in the summertime in humid Chicago. If you see a pool of sweat through the city, follow it and you will find me." - Christian Bale

"The sixteen hundred dairies in California's Central Valley alone produce more waste than a city of twenty-one million people-that's more than the populations of London, New York, and Chicago combined." - Gene Baur

"Chicago is the great American city, New York is one of the capitals of the world, and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic; San Francisco is a lady" - Norman Mailer

"Chicago is known as the Windy City, and Montana is called the Big Sky State, so I think that we should somehow combine the two to create the ultimate kite-flying experience." - Mitch Hedberg

"That has to come to an end and end now. No citizen is a second-class citizen in the city of Chicago. If my children are treated one way, every child is treated the same way." - Chris Hayes

"The sixteen hundred dairies in California's Central Valley alone produce more waste than a city of twenty-one million people-that's more than the populations of London, New York, and Chicago combined." - Gene Baur

"I consider myself a Chicagoan. I came here to study at the Art Institute in 1951 when I was 18 years old, and I've been here ever since. I still think Chicago is the best city in the country." - Joe Sedelmaier

"The fact of the matter is, we need to have a very clear message. We haven't had that from the current president [Barack Obama]. And you've seen the violence in his home city of Chicago. This is just another example." - Chris Christie

"In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city. So we have the toughest laws, and you have tremendous gun violence." - Donald Trump

"This problem is not only in Mississippi. During the time I was in the Convention in Atlantic City, I didn't get any threats from Mississippi. The threatening letters were from Philadelphia, Chicago and other big cities." - Fannie Lou Hamer

"[Chicago]: This vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, mace-smelling boneyard of a city: an elegant rockpile of a monument to everything cruel and stupid and corrupt in the human spirit." - Hunter S Thompson

"Chicago has very few public spaces where people are encouraged to get together. It's partly to prevent riots, and also to segregate a city with a history of racial segregation." - Aleksandar Hemon

"And I come here as a daughter, raised on the South Side of Chicago - by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me." - Michelle Obama

"Chicago is seriously my favorite city in the country. People have roots here, which is nice. When you go to Los Angeles, no one is actually from Los Angeles." - Bill Rancic

"My first job was with an auto plant, Kansas City - they treated you like slaves. From there I went back to Chicago, worked in steel mills, drove a cab, stuff like that." - Ed Asner

"Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, the Windy City also enjoys a reputation for corrupt politics, violent crime, and some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the country." - Bob Barr

"While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago." - Rahm Emanuel

"I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago. That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives." - Rahm Emanuel

"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." - Oprah Winfrey

"Selling public property is the true Chicago way. Had Mr. Obama not been elected president, the nation's business journals would be falling over one another to praise his city for its daring, market-friendly innovations." - Thomas Frank

"One will feel the same subtle nausea coming into the city or waiting to depart from it that one feels now in such plastic catacombs as O'Hare's reception center in Chicago." - Norman Mailer

"I did a lot of commercial and theater work when I got out of school and was living in Dallas, and I moved to Chicago to go through the Second City Conservatory Program." - Allison Tolman

"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

"I am here before you tonight to dedicate this administration to bringing a new renaissance of neighborhood life and community spirit, a renewal of confidence in the future of our city and a revival of opportunity for all Chicago." - Jane Byrne

"I have been robbed of three million dollars all told. Everyone today is playing my stuff and I don't even get credit. Kansas City style, Chicago style, New Orleans style hell, they're all Jelly Roll style." - Jelly Roll Morton

"Chicago - a pompous Milwaukee." - Leonard Louis Levinson

"I love Chicago." - Abigail Breslin

"We're proud of the work we're doing to make Chicago a great city for people of all ages. Nothing's more important than keeping in mind the needs of older adults - and how valuable a role they play in improving the city, based on their amazing collective talent and wisdom." - Rahm Emanuel

"Chicago's downtown seems to me to constitute, all in all, the best-looking twentieth-century city, the city where contemporary technique has best been matched by artistry, intelligence, and comparatively moderated greed. No doubt about it, if style were the one gauge, Chicago would be among the greatest of all the cities of the world." - Jan Morris

"I've reported murders, scandals, marriages, premieres and national political conventions. I've been amused, intrigued, outraged, enthralled and exasperated by Chicago. And I've come to love this American giant, viewing it as the most misunderstood, most underrated city in the world. There is none other quite like my City of Big Shoulders." - Irv Kupcinet

"It is still the arena of those who dream of the City of Man and those who envision a City of Things. The battle appears to be forever joined. The armies, ignorant and enlightened, clash by day as well as night. Chicago is America's dream, writ large. And flamboyantly." - Studs Terkel

"I always honestly dreamed of coming to Second City in Chicago, although I've never even been there to see a show. But I did a ton of sketch comedy at the Second City in LA, which (at the time, in a different location) wasn't really a theater, it was just a space where you took some classes." - Simon Helberg

"Winter came and the city [Chicago] turned monochrome - black trees against gray sky above white earth. Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds" - Barack Obama

"I had, like, two goals in my career: One was to try to get into 'Second City.' When I moved to Chicago, my goal was to try to work at 'Second City.' And beyond that, my goal was to make enough money as an actor to not do anything else but act, not have to go and wait tables again." - Steve Carell

"To my city I'm the 2-3" - Drake

"The city is recruited from the country." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"... the great white city of brotherhood, Washington ..." - Christina Stead

"Every city is a living body." - Saint Augustine

"Not I, but the city teaches." - Socrates

"What is the city but the people?" - William Shakespeare

"Libraries are the pride of the city." - Amy Tan

"London; a nation, not a city." - Benjamin Disraeli

"The city that has speed has success." - Le Corbusier

"Like the rain falling on the city." - Paul Verlaine

"Remember the city, the city remember Where treasure is hidden under the ground The city, the city, always remember That's where the treasure will be found." - Jeanne DuPrau

"City diversity represents accident and chaos." - Jane Jacobs

"Edinburgh used to be a haughty city." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"Chicago is a beautiful city. It's one of those places that people around the world see and say, 'Maybe one day.' There's so much excitement in the city about what you can accomplish and what you can be. We get this stigma, and rightfully so, because of the killings, but it's one of the best cities in the world. I'm biased, but I think it's a great city. Not only to be from, but to go to." - Dwyane Wade

"CM has always stood for one thing: Chicago Made. Chick Magnet? That's preposterous. Girls don't like me. I was born and raised in Chicago. The city made me. Punk is just because I've always been a smart-mouthed, wise-ass punk. I still am. I was the guy, if a bunch of football players were messing with one of my friends, I'd walk over there and spit in their face." - CM Punk

"CM has always stood for one thing: Chicago Made. Chick Magnet? That's preposterous. Girls do' like me. I was born and raised in Chicago. The city made me. Punk is just because I"ve always been a smart-mouthed, wise-ass punk. I still am. I was the guy, if a bunch of football players were messing with one of my friends, I"d walk over there and spit in their face." - CM Punk

"I am an American, Chicago born - Chicago, that somber city - and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man's character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles." - Saul Bellow

"I'm going to do all my movies here in Chicago. The 'Tribune' referred to me as a 'former Chicagoan.' As if, to do anything, I had to leave Chicago. I never left. I worked until I was 29 at the Leo Burnett advertising agency, and then I quit to do this. This is a working city, where people go to their jobs and raise their kids and live their lives." - John Hughes

"I love being in Chicago." - Erin Heatherton

"A city without books, a city without a library is like a graveyard." - Malala Yousafzai

"It makes me crazy to think that somebody might attack my city or any other city." - Billy Corgan

"True citizens of the heavenly city are the best residents of the earthly city." - Timothy Keller

"A City that parlies is half gotten. [A city that parleys is half gotten.]" - George Herbert

"The city is not the problem; the city is the solution," - Jaime Lerner

"I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me." - Juhani Pallasmaa

"I came here because the city has a tradition and is a very respected food city." - Emeril Lagasse

"I grew up in Chicago and was a huge fan of 'The Second City', so when I moved to L.A., I was looking for anything that resembled that... then I started 'The Groundlings', so I went to a show and it was very much like 'Second City'. I was so impressed that that same night I went backstage and I went up to the funniest person there." - Kathy Griffin

"From its aptly noirish title on, Martin Preib's The Wagon has rightness of authenticity about it. From the perspective of a cop he fashions a compelling view of the Chicago Algren once called 'the dark city.' There's a unique quality to his essays which manage to be broodingly meditative even as their narrative drive keeps you turning pages." - Stuart Dybek

"Place has always been important to me, and one thing today's Chicago exudes, as it did in 1893, is a sense of place. I fell in love with the city, the people I encountered, and above all the lake and its moods, which shift so readily from season to season, day to day, even hour to hour." - Erik Larson

"Buildings are seldom just buildings in downtown Chicago, they are Examples, and not a city on Earth, I swear, is as knowledgeably preoccupied with architectural meaning. Where else would a department store include in its advertisements the name of the architect who created it, or a newspaper property section throw in a scholarly exposition of theoretical design?" - Jan Morris

"What city has given the world more in terms of American culture than New Orleans? There is none. Not New York. Not L.A. Not Chicago. Not anywhere, in the sense that African American music has gone around the world twenty times over, and it's continuing to evolve. It is our greatest cultural export." - David Simon

"Chicago is seen as everything that Trump detests, which I think kind of reflects really well on the city I think, because it's a mark of what a classy, cool, sort of place it is. You can't tame everyone in America, as much as these people would like to, into some kind of small-town, Southern community." - Irvine Welsh

"Chicago has always been a very segregated city and Mt. Greenwood is an example of that. I can't say I've seen organized white-supremacist growth, but I have seen racial tensions increase. I think we've all seen that. In the Barack Obama presidency, especially, the far right has considered diversity a code word for white genocide." - Christian Picciolini

"As far Chicago, our city was designed with racism in mind, with neighborhoods segregated by expressways and train tracks. Even suburbs, like Highland Park, have long histories of barring Jewish and black people. That history that has always existed has come out of the shadows because of the social and political climate." - Christian Picciolini

"The message [of Donald Trump] is that that type of thing happening. Let's focus on what happened.What happened was the murder, the murder of this person pushing a stroller, it's unacceptable in an American city to continue to have this level of violence and the level of violence in Chicago is unacceptable." - Chris Christie

"The fact is in a city like Chicago, for example, unemployment in the black community is around 20 percent for adults, 35 percent for youth, they bail out the banks, public schools, there is a deep divide. We need a plan for reconstruction and redevelopment and I hope that - police are the gatekeepers but behind that gate are these problems of disparities and injustice." - Jesse Jackson

"There are fewer Arabs in Tel Aviv, one of the largest cities in the Middle East, than there are in Chicago, the largest city in the American Midwest. How do you accomplish such a remarkable feat of social engineering without massive violence?" - Max Blumenthal

"When I tell people I was in the St. Justin Martyr parish, if they are native Chicagoans they know exactly where I was and what that was like. The Sunday before this particular march, the archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Cody, had required all of his pastors to read a letter in support of open housing and economic justice in every parish in the city." - Sara Paretsky

"I drug your ghost across the country, and we plotted out my death. Every city and memory we whispered Here is where you rest. Well I was determined in Chicago but I dug my teeth into my knees And I settled for a telephone, sang into your machine: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine." - Conor Oberst

"Doris Lessing: We simply have no idea of Chicago... We never think of you as being on a lake, or of the city being beautiful. We think about the gangsters. You do still have gangsters, don't you? Terkel: Yes, but these days they're mostly in business, or politics." - Studs Terkel

"Everybody would love to be mayor of Chicago. If you look at what we have done over many, many years and where we are today and the commitment by the business community, the commitment by the not-for-profit community - all this coming together - this is a wonderful city." - Richard M Daley

"I had never been to the playoffs, and it was exciting. The fans went through the roof. They were excited about the whole team. It was great to be traded to a city like Chicago, which was a lot like Boston." - Dennis Eckersley

"I was born October 5, 1957, on the South Side of Chicago, in the Woodlawn area, a neighborhood that hasn't changed much in forty-five years. Our house was on 66th and Blackstone, but the city tore it down when the rats took over." - Bernie Mac

"I drug your ghost across the country, and we plotted out my death. Every city and memory we whispered "Here is where you rest." Well I was determined in Chicago but I dug my teeth into my knees And I settled for a telephone, sang into your machine: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine." - Conor Oberst

"Not only are Puerto Ricans citizens by birth, but one would be hard-pressed to find a Puerto Rican without a sister in New York or a son in Chicago, a cousin in Orlando or a daughter in Honolulu or Oklahoma City." - Luis A. Ferre

"The thing about Chicago is that it really isn't like any other place. The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I'm from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home." - Vince Vaughn

"Chicago is the Great American City, and it was really great to live there during a time of economic expansion and opportunity and growth. I felt like I was living at the center of the world. Unlike New York, no one expects you to be a professional writer." - John Green

"A friend told me about the casting notice for 'Queer Eye.' I was in Chicago and I had a contract with 'Esquire' magazine, so had been coming to New York City regularly and thought I'd catch a cheap flight, crash on a friend's sofa and do this hilarious audition that I had no chance of winning." - Ted Allen

"As a citizen of the great city of Chicago, I find it impossible to root against the White Sox. The White Sox organization has been much more consistent, in my lifetime at least, at putting a winning ballclub on the field." - Billy Corgan

"After college, I knew I wanted to work in comedy, so the first thing I did was go to where the comedy was. I moved from Charlottesville to Chicago, because that's where The Second City and Improv Olympics are. You have to go wherever you need to go to study what interests you." - Tina Fey

"Chicago is the greatest of all baseball cities. I make no exception, although I have been treated well wherever I have been. It is the greatest city because the fans will stick to a loser season after season. I have had my share of defeats, so I should know." - Charles Comiskey



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