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Welcome to the “Windy City”


Probably the two most common nicknames for Chicago have been "Second City" and "Windy City." The "Second City" name comes from Chicago's historical position as America's second largest city.

The origin of the "Windy City" nickname is a bit more obscure. It is based not on the wind velocity, but on loud and windy boosterism. In the early part of the nineteenth century, Chicago promoters went up and down the East Coast loudly promoting Chicago as an excellent place to invest. Detractors claimed they were full of wind. Later, Chicago and New York were competing to hold the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Charles A. Dana, editor of the New York Sun, wrote an editorial advising against the "nonsensical claims of that windy city. Its people could not hold a world's fair even if they won it." This editorial is widely credited with popularizing the "Windy City" nickname.

Bill Can Help With Your Move
As a real estate professional, Bill has made it his duty to know everything he can about relocating to, from or within Chicago's Near West Side. Indeed, he’s widely considered an expert on the subject. Those who have worked with Bill appreciate knowing the purchase of their new home is in the hands of such a capable and trustworthy professional while they’re wrapping up all the last-minute details of packing and moving out of their previous home. Bill believes in making the real estate and relocation process as easy as possible for everyone involved. To him that means providing information to anyone who wants to find out more about the area he loves so much and knows so well.

Relocation Guide
Relocation Survival Kit for Chicago's Near West Side
This guide is designed for anyone considering a move to the area, is a great source of information. Here are just a few of the things Bill has included to help you get your move off on the right foot:

  • A map of local transportation 
  • Guide to popular restaurants, shops, attractions and entertainment around the area.
  • An insightful step-by-step relocation checklist, including things you’ll need to do in your current home, things to take care of before you get here, and the things you’ll need to take care of once you arrive.

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