February 22, 2003


Illinois - "The Prairie State"

Larry: "I grew up in Illinois. Haven't been back in forever (except going to HS class reunion this summer.), but:

Small (Mayberry) towns every 10-15 miles dotted all over the down state landscape. Lil ole place called Shelbyville, a wonderful place to grow up, Queen City of the Kaskaskia. (lol)

Corn, soy beans, wheat, pigs. Hard working farmers.

Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Heat, humidity and bugs in the summer, just like the FL Panhandle, where I live now.

Fun winters with enough playing snow and not too much of the shoveling kind.

Miserably cold, wet springs and falls.

After Indiana, the most basketball crazy state. State H S tourney was all class/no classes when I was a kid. A town (Hebron, with Paul and Phil, the Judson twins.) of 600 people won it once.

Everitt Dirksen, hall of fame senator.

Great universities, Illinois and Northwestern.

Birthplace of the atom bomb.

CHICAGO! One of the great cities on the planet. Home of Da Bears, Cubs (:(), (terri-)Bulls and Blackhawks. Siskel (R I P) and Ebert. Oprah. Donahue. SCTV. Daleys, father and son. Carol Mosely Braun, hall of shame senator. The Loop. The El. Tourist to el conductor: Does this train go to de loop? Conductor: No. It goes beep beep, just like the rest of em."

Jay: "Chicago home of Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago Style Hot Dogs, the tallest building in the world (I don't count that one in Malaysia, antenna don't make a building tall), great blues and jazz, one of the greatest villains of all time Al Capone, Ditka and it's the "Candy Capital of the World."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 07:55 AM

Chicago is one of the best cities in the world: a well-developed lake front, excellent museums (science and art institute come to mind) a great blues and jazz festival, fantastic architecture, including loads and loads of Frank Lloyd Wright, great baseball, football, universities, eclectic culture, great transportation, friendly people and great food.

Posted by: Loretta on February 22, 2003 05:45 PM

Fermilab! Where the buffalo roam, where the quark and the antiquark play!

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 08:55 PM

(By the way, a small correction: the first Second City club was in Chicago, but SCTV is primarily Canadian; it was made in Toronto and in Edmonton, Alberta.)

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 08:58 PM