10 Great Quotes That Say Everything About Chicago

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. These ten quotes sum up pretty much everything there is to say about Chicago—from the architectural beauty to the unrivaled work ethic to the two months of the year we’d all rather didn’t exist. Keep reading to see what everyone from the Blues Brothers to Anthony Bourdain has to say about the Second City.

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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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"They do things big, big I tells ya: Mike Ditka big. Michael Jordan big. Bill Murray big. Oprah! It's one cultural Mount Everest after another." - Anthony Bourdain

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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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"It's a 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes; it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it!" - Elwood & Joliet Jake, The Blues Brothers

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"I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February." - Gary Cole

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"My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here." - Oprah Winfrey

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"Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest—people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago, and what a good culture we’ve got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago." - Harold Ramis

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"Guys, you're Chicago. You're the home of Laurie Metcalf and Jessie Mueller and Steppenwolf. And a million, a million, a million brilliant theater practitioners." — Lin-Manuel Miranda on why he chose Chicago for the first touring city for Hamilton

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"I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America." - Sarah Bernhardt

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"Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break." - Barack Obama

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Amanda Nyren

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A lifelong Chicago resident, Amanda started covering the local scene for PureWow in 2016. She's a freelance writer and content strategist.
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