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Old Posted Jul 16, 2008, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by KevinFromTexas View Post
I've always been curious about something. Chicago is called the city of big shoulders. What does that mean exactly? I've always thought the Sears Tower itself looks like it has big shoulders. Those 90th floor setbacks, I mean. Has anyone ever read anything that suggested that was intentional?
LOL I know what you mean - the silhouette from the West (looking East) resembles a head & shoulders.

The quote is Carl Sandburg:

Hog Butcher for the World
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler,
Stormy, Husky, Brawling, and City of the Big Shoulders.

Sandburg is celebrating the role that brawn and labor played in the city's explosive rise in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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