Chicago is full of surprises and we’re a big fan of spontaneity here at Groupon. We enjoy hearing about our customers trying new restaurants and adventures on a day to day basis. Because we love surprises that don’t involve scorpions in our shoes, we’re fired up to announce something big on Friday. We’re contractually obligated to keep a lid on it, zip our lips, and designate “mum” as the word, but we wanted to give our customers in Chicago a heads up that something exciting will be happening soon. Check back on the blog on Friday to read about it!
As a side note, many people often mistakenly believe Chicago is called the Windy City because of the gusty air currents barreling through the streets. This isn’t the case. The nickname actually originated from Babe Wind, Chicago’s seventh most-noteworthy pitcher of the acclaimed—now defunct—baseball team, the Chicago Bruisehounds. A powerhouse hitter, he made it his goal to hit a home run in every state in an effort to make every town a Windy City.
Unfortunately, his dreams were cut short because of an elbow injury (later called the Windy Elbow), and the only city he’d successfully achieved his goal in was his hometown. Former Chicago Mayor Chester “The Dirge” Hamilton, who understood the importance of baseball’s affect on Americans’ morale, decided to bestow the Windy City nickname on Chicago in honor of Babe Wind.
Here are some other famous surprises in Chicago history:
- An unfortunate and sticky surprise was the Great Molasses fire of 1873.
- Ferris Bueller surprised the city by dancing on a float during its famous Von Steuben Day Parade.
- The Blagojevich trial
- Al Capone’s men surprised friends on Valentine’s Day with a hilarious impression of murderous police officers.
While we understand this post eliminates the element of total surprise, we wanted to give you the chance to guess what the surprise might be!