Great thread with wonderful photos.
Chicago will always be my hometown and I'll always have some love for this city despite the direction the city has turned in recent years.
Some parts of Chicago is magnificent but some parts it's really dangerous. Yes every big city has it's rough parts but not to the degree of Chicago. The homicide rate is really high in Chicago - particularly in the south side.
It's funny when you listen to people that think they're going to the rough 'south side' when they go to a White Sox game. Comisky Park is at 35th street. The rough part really begins at around 57th street and it gets worse the further south you go. Chicago goes as far south as 138th street.
Here are some more I can add.
The best pizza in the world - Chicago style deep-dish pizza.
Gino's and Giordano's being my favorite.
Last days of Soldier Field before it was disgraced 10 years ago with a huge eyesoar spaceship like structure to copy newer football stadiums around the country.
Huge temporary ski-jump set up in the summer of 1954.
Meigs Field before it was illegally demolished in 2003 by an out of control, over-zealous mayor and eventually cost the city millions of dollar$ in fines.
The rail lines leading to the railway station downtown. The last I saw of this was in 1994. This would eventually be covered up by new construction of a park with a giant aluminum kidney bean.
One of the best rock groups around. Formed in 1967 in Chicago and still going strong 45 years later.
One of my favorite bands of all time - Styx.
Pictured here with then-mayor Jane Byne in 1981.
Celebrating - Styx Day in Chicago on WMET.
Moo & Oink.
The best meat-market ever. A fantastic selection of beef and pork and in the summertime, hosted huge barbecues in the parking lot. A cheap liquor store next door as well.
|Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):|
I'm puzzled by that comment.......... I thought EVERYONE liked Jim Belushi ? And Mike Ditka;
I agree. If not those two, there is always;
John Wayne Gacy
Jesse Jackson Jr
Theodore Kaczynski (The Unabomber),
Jose Padilla (Abdullah al-Muhajir)
Given those choices, I'd stick with Jim Belushi and Mike Ditka.
|Quoting BMI727 (Reply 5):|
time will tell if Barack Obama picks up the torch in the future.
I hope not. He's not from Chicago. There have been a few times here in Asia when I tell people I'm originally from Chicago. Sometimes they say; "Oh, just like Barack Obama?" I tell them "NO. I'm from Chicago, he is not".
He has no history in Chicago at all and I've never seen or heard of him until the debacle surrounding his opponents being removed from the ballot in his first run for the state Senate.