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Old 06-23-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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In response to the anti-transplant attitude some self-styled "Chicago purist" posters have promoted on this forum (ahem), I have listed just a few famous Chicagoans who were indeed born somewhere else but made it big in Chicago (followed by the cities of their birth in parentheses). As you can see, a great many of Chicago's most treasured cultural figures, public servants, notorius criminals, sports heroes, and celebrities were indeed these awful "transplants" we keep hearing about that are ruining Lakeview. Chicago is a world-class city that attracts people from all over the region, country, and globe--and this is one of the things that makes the city great.


Studs Terkel (New York, NY)
Nelson Algren (Detroit, MI)
Al Capone (Brooklyn, NY)
Harry Caray (St. Louis, MO)
Jack Brickhouse (Peoria, IL)
Buddy Guy (Lettsworth, Louisiana)
Bo Diddley (McComb, MS)
Kanye West (Atlanta, GA)
Frank Lloyd Wright (Richland Center, WI)
Daniel Burnham (Henderson, NY)
Louis Sullivan (Boston, MA)
Mike Ditka (Carnegie, PA)
Walter Payton (Columbia, MS)
Michael Jordan (Brooklyn, NY—Didn’t know that, did you?)
Ryne Sandberg (Spokane, WA)
Mike Singletary (Houston, TX)
Pinto Colvig, the original “Bozo the Clown” (Jacksonville, OR)
Steve Dahl (Pasadena, CA)
Mancow Muller (Kansas City, MO)
Adlai Stevenson (Los Angeles, CA)
Barack Obama (Honolulu, HI)
Jesse Jackson (Greenville, SC)
Roger Ebert (Urbana, IL)
Oprah Winfrey (Kosciusko, MS)
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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The natives here in Georgia gripe about all the "carpetbaggers" too. Nothing new there.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:59 PM
 
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Its not where you were born, its where you grew up/or lived for the past 15 years or more.

I was born in NYC, that doesn mean a damn thing to me, except I like the Prudential Two more than any other byuilding except Sears cause it looks like a new Chrysler building from NYC.

AND, celebrities dont make us or shape us or represent us in any way.

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Old 06-23-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Mike Ditka is from PA?! Who knew? I certainly didn't... I always had him pegged as "the" quintessential Chicagoan.

On your list you forgot the late, great Ann Landers (Sioux City, IA).
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Its not where you were born, its where you grew up/or lived for the past 15 years or more.

I was born in NYC, that doesn mean a damn thing to me, except I like the Aon Center more than any other byuilding except Sears cause it looks like a new Chrysler building from NYC.

AND, celebrities dont make us or shape us or represent us in any way.
I was born in Washington state and know nothing about the place. We left there when I was 2!
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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Its not where you were born, its where you grew up/or lived for the past 15 years or more.

I was born in NYC, that doesn mean a damn thing to me, except I like the Aon Center more than any other byuilding except Sears cause it looks like a new Chrysler building from NYC.

AND, celebrities dont make us or shape us or represent us in any way.
I think you mean the Prudential Tower 2 looks like the Chrysler Building??? Aon looks more like the WTC.

15 years is your threshold? Seems arbitrary to me. I argue that you're a Chicagoan once Chicago is your home, and not some other place. If you've raised your family here, made your entire career here, or just don't ever plan on leaving.
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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I meant Prudential Two, your right, my bad. hah.
but then again, AON does remind me of NYC too cause well, you just said why.

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Old 06-25-2008, 07:03 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Saul Bellow (Canada)
Nat "King" Cole (AL)
Bo Diddley
Cecil Partee
Ann Landers
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: florida
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Default Bozo died

I always think of bozo as Chicago because I watched him so many years on WGN.. rest in peace Bozo.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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Cool... that Nelson guy lived in Albany Park... in our former apartment building.
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