Chicago’s Seven Gifts

The challenge was issued from Metroblogging HQ: as we enter the holiday season and approach the new year, what seven gifts does your city give the world? What exactly a “gift” means was left up to each city, and here in Chicago we took it to mean not a best-of list, but rather a surprise, like a wrapped present under a Christmas tree. Sometimes it’s the new iPod you wanted, sometimes it’s a hideous sweater that’s two sizes too small, and sometimes it’s a Zune.

On behalf of Chicago, we gave the world seven gifts: improv, the grid system, f’ed up hair, sports legends, juvenile court, McDonald’s, and Bozo the Clown.

So in that vein, what gifts, what surprises, what hideous sweaters do you think Chicago gives the world?

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4 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    Can Ronnie Woo Woo be considered a gift if I can’t stand him myself?

  2. erinoia (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    Chicago made me give up vegetarianism … I’d say brats, Polish, meaty pizza, and so on, are all gifts that I particularly enjoy.

  3. K. (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

    Patronage that rises to the level of an art form.

    (this would fall under the “hideous sweater” category, for the record.)

  4. HDB (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops (and the yet unanswered question of “How many licks…?”). The world’s first Ferris Wheel. Currently, the team with one of the worst records in recent NHL hockey history (“hideous sweater” category). Some of the most talented architects and architectural achievements in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The red Radio Flyer wagon. One of the first known serial killers in the U.S., H.H. Holmes. Al Capone, “Bugs” Moran, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Chicago musicians and labels too numerous to name, including Buddy Guy, Touch & Go Records, Smashing Pumpkins, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Kurt Elling, Son Seals, Big Black, Bloodshot Records, Muddy Waters, Steve Albini, Laurence Hobgood, OK Go. Lakland basses. And so much more.

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