Why is Chicago Called the “Windy City” and Where Did the Nickname Come From?

Most people believe that Chicago got its nickname from its prevailing winds, but that isn’t the case.

In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of America’s discovery.

The city’s aggressive promotional campaign for the event offended the people of New York, whose press nicknamed it the Windy City to mock its bragging ways.

The moniker stuck, but, fortunately for Chicago, its original meaning has been forgotten by most.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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