Blown away by the Windy City

Chicago is a city that is awash with history and optimism, writes Elaine O’Regan

30th May, 2009

‘So, why do we think Chicago is called the Windy City?” We are gathered atop the city’s Affinia Hotel, enjoying the views from its rooftop bar, 29 storeys above the street below and just off Michigan Avenue.

Up here, the insistent breeze blowing in from Lake Michigan suggests a climatic cause. But our host, the hotel’s effusive marketing manager - himself a committed ‘Chicagoan’ - instead attributes the sobriquet to the bluff...

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