TRAVEL PURSUITS — Chicago, a city of big shoulders

“Once you’ve come to be part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

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“I must confess a shameful secret:  I love Chicago best in the cold.”
― Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

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“Leave the fireworks for those who cast no spark of their own.”
― Karen Abbott, Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul

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“… Chicago divided your heart. Leaving you loving the joint for keeps. Yet knowing it never can love you.”
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

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“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”
–Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.”
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

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“Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.”
― Barack Obama

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“…a city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. “
― Carl Sandburg

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“Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It’s the most theatrically corrupt.”
–Studs Terkel

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Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.
–Carl Sandburg

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I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.
–Michael Douglas

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“Big-shot town, small-shot town, a place whose heartbeat carries farther than its shout, whose whispering in the night sounds less hollow than its roistering noontime laugh…”
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

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” A city that was forged out of steel, blood-red neon — its own peculiar wilderness.”
― Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make

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“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

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…and lest we forget…

“It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago”
― Dan C. Quayle

It is not too late to join us in Chicago from May 2-6, 2013 for a rich immersion into the gritty and the glamorous sides of Chicago — swing band, private tours of the best of the Art Institute, a sampling of literature, private architecture tours of the “South Loop” and Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio and his homes and Unity Temple in Oak Park, dinner in a private high rise condo overlooking the city lights, a guided walk through Millennium Park. Gary Schoepfel, Sean Forester and I would be glad for the pleasure of your company.

For more information and to register, click here. Reading Chicago

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