A Visit to the Windy City Part 1: The Chicago Fire of 1871

You know that the new novel, Facing East, is set in the Chicago area and beyond. Author Noelle Granger recently took a trip to Chicago and has written two posts about this great city. You will love her quick tour. Be sure to check on her two mysteries, which you will enjoy, and follow her bog where these posts appear.


panorama of Chcago iAs mentioned in a post last week, I spent four days in Chicago with my daughter and son-in-law. Have you ever wondered why it is that Chicago has so many nicknames? The Windy City, The City of the Big Shoulders (from a Carl Sandburg poem), Second City, Chitown, That Toddlin’ Town, My Kind of Town, just to name a few. Perhaps it’s because it is THE major city of the Midwest and has played such a role in the history of this country?Panorama II

We’ve been back a couple of times since moving from Evanston in 1981, but this was our longest visit. What impressed us the most is the cleanliness and neatness of the downtown area, the amazing architecture (old, new and under construction), the ease of getting around, and the incredible number of things to see and do. Hard to squash everything into 3 ½ days.

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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1 Response to A Visit to the Windy City Part 1: The Chicago Fire of 1871

  1. dino0726 says:

    I wasn’t familiar with most of those names for Chicago — only The Windy City — and that in part is because I’d read a couple of books in The Windy City Mystery series by Richard Thomas.
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