The origin of Chicago's nickname "the Windy City" is obvious enough. That origin almost blew me into the lake Sunday morning as I sped along the bike trail.*
Turns out it's from Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago," and it refers to the manly physiques of the hard laborers of his day. I guess that theory about cold winters and big coats didn't make all that much sense anyway.
*As my friend Leigh (now a member of the Second City Conservatory, woo woo!) has gently informed me, the origin of the nickname "the Windy City" is more complicated than just a reference to weather conditions. Several relevent links, well, contribute to my confusion. Anyway.