When Chicago Built the American Dream

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chicago is one city analysts are watching for signs of struggle with its municipal bond debts. (caribb/flickr)

Today it can seem as if all of American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, but Thomas Dyja says that much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how we eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers changed rock and roll with Chuck Berry. In The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, looks at the city’s impact on modern America.


Thomas Dyja

Comments [2]

Bo from Granville, still

The power of the name lies in the metaphorical use “windy” for “talkative” or ... as a host city for political conventions helped cement the association of Chicago with loquacious politicians, thus underlying the nickname with double meaning.

Jun. 11 2013 04:29 PM
Bo from Granville (erstwhile Chicagoan)

Actually, Chicago is called "The Windy City" not because of the weather or the wind, but because of the "windy" politicians.

Jun. 11 2013 01:59 PM

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