Chicago Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old chicago quotes, chicago sayings, and chicago proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Chicago is a great place because you can experience theatre, film, television, anything and everything, so for an actor it's exciting. The doors are kind of open.     

Charlie Barnette

Chicago is where the whole idea of community policing began. It remains the - the best and the most comprehensive approach we have in changing the everyday conditions that breed crime and violence - and then breed mistrust. We have more work to do. We need better training to live up to the values and the principles of community policing.

Rahm Emanuel

Chicago is partly a fairy tale because it's inside one person's head, so that part of it's made up and the rest of it is reality.

Colleen Atwood Quotes

Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring.

Nelson Algren

Chicago is a city of contradictions, of private visions haphazardly overlaid and linked together. If the city was unhappy with itself yesterday-and invariably it was-it will reinvent itself today.     

Pat Colander

Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos.     

Ben Hecht

Going to Chicago was like going out of the world.

Muddy Waters

Chicago will give you a chance. The sporting spirit is the spirit of Chicago.

Lincoln Steffens

Loving Chicago is like loving a woman with a broken nose.

Nelson Algren

Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.     

Claes Oldenburg

Chicago is incredibly gracious. People here have so much pride.

Giuliana Rancic

Chicago is constantly auditioning for the world, determined that one day, on the streets of Barcelona, in Berlin's cabarets, in the coffee shops of Istanbul, people will know and love us in our multidimensional glory, dream of us the way they dream of San Francisco and New York.     

Mary Schmich

It was Chicago with its World's Fair which vivified the national desire for civic beauty.

Daniel Burnham

Chicago is the Great American City, and it was really great to live there during a time of economic expansion and opportunity and growth. I felt like I was living at the center of the world. Unlike New York, no one expects you to be a professional writer.     

John Green

Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.

Studs Terkel

The best food is in Chicago. There are great restaurants everywhere, from fancy places to burger joints.

Steve Carell

In Chicago, you have an absence of strong family units, and that absence gets filled by gangs. You have a failure in the school system, after-school programs and other social programs to help keep kids off the streets. Amnesty International speaks to that in some way, by keeping these issues in the forefront.     

Lupe Fiasco

Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals.

Harold Washington

Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture.     

Bob Barr

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation.     

Eugene V. Debs

Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.

A J Liebling

Chicago kept industry, attracted new business, became the center for convention trade and transportation.     

Jane Byrne

Chicago was a town where nobody could forget how the money was made. It was picked up from floors still slippery with blood.

Norman Mailer

Chicago is a world-class city filled with amazing people with big ideas.     

W. Kamau Bell

Chicago's one of the rare places where architecture is more visible.

Frank Gehry

In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty, but in Chicago it's a sport. In Chicago not only your vote counts, but all kinds of other votes--kids, dead folks, and so on.     

Dick Gregory

Chicago has disappointed her enemies and astonished the world.     

Erik Larson

Chicago is not a very fashion-driven place. Nobody says, 'Oh, you've got to come see these fabulous people!' Nobody cares.     

Mike Nichols