Our Beaux-Arts architecture will make anyone an aesthete
Chicago’s skyline looks like it was plucked from a neo-noir classic or some graphic novel. The city has always been an architectural vanguard with its stylistic buildings designed by avant-garde architects of the era including Frank Lloyd Wright and Burnham & Root. Just wander through the Jones College Prep Building, Mansueto Library, or the Poetry Foundation, and you’ll feel like you’re walking inside someone’s imagination. And its prized cityscape has also drawn in a record $600 million in film production between 2006 and 2010.
We have a smashing music heritage
Chicago’s early industrial contours incubated singular voices of music. Listening to a set at Buddy Guy's, Kingston Mines, or The Green Mill, you’ll hear the “Great Migration” contingents. Think: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, and Bo Diddley are just a few of the many storied musicians.
Chicago’s hustle and cacophony produced an original version of Dixieland Jazz, too, emerging with Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, and Bud Freeman. Chicago’s soul also produced its disruptive brand of token music with roots in Southern gospel. Sam Cooke, The Impressions, and Curtis Mayfield should come to mind.
And of course house music originated in Chicago (yes, even before NES’s Mega Man with its sonic motif). Developed in garages, houses, and clubs as a form of music for Chicago’s underground club scene, but the secret got out at a now defunct nightclub called The Warehouse.