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


“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


“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


“… 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


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

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

Art Institute courtyard

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


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


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

Capone's m

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


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



“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


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


“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


…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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