Chi-Town Ain’t Known For Being Shy ~ Welcome to Chicago

City of Choice = Chicago so let’s take a bird’s-eye view for a meet and greet.

Chicago Down Town View from the Sky — Juno Reactor’s Masters of the Universe.



There’s just something about black and white with a whole lot of grey, literally, that seems to suit an introduction for a city like Chicago, a city known for crime, gangsters, corrupt politicians and a great newspaper columnist by the name of Mike Royko aka “The Man Who Owns Chicago.”  If you don’t know Royko’s work you’re missing out on one of life’s truly witty reading pleasures.  Royko’s columns provided a massive home school educational opportunity for moi. Political viewpoints are not genetically encoded. Who knew? )

Now to lull you into a false sense of serenity…..

Chicago City of Shoulders ~ Andy Davis ~


Awwww, wasn’t that a sweet beginning for a couple? Well, darker reality often follows close upon such heels in Chicago–the film.


Cell Block Tango from Chicago’s Cook County Jail via Chicago the film about murderesses in the city of Chicago. Murder and Chicago go together like snow and winter.  The Cook County Jail is a real place with quite a reputation.



Then there’s the whole police versus the bad guys scenario–though, all too often the two are one and the same in the Windy City.

The Night Chicago Died ~ Paper Lace ~



Number 10 Bus ~ A few city views with Larry Brewer’s own tune.  Who says you can’t go home and leave then do it all again?


This is an original song written and recorded by Larry Brewer off of his 2012 album, Waxing Ardent. It is an ode to growing up in Chicago.……


I Dream of Chicago ~ Parlours ~ Okay, I just love the sound of this song so it’s here.




The Very Best of Chicago ~ by the band Chicago formed and hailed from the city with a stint in LA. See Wiki for more


40th Anniversary Collection
Track Listing:
1. Just You ‘N’ Me 00:00
2. Saturday In the Park 03:42
3. You’re The Inspiration 07:36
4. Baby, What a Big Suprise 11:26
5. Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away 14:30
6. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 19:37
7. 25 or 6 to 4 22:58
8. If You Leave Me Now 27:50
9. Hard Habit to Break 31:45
10. Old Days 36:30
11. Beginnings 40:01
12. Call On Me 46:28
13. Make Me Smile 50:30
14. Love Will Come Back (w/ Rascal Flats) 54:56
15. Feel (w/Horns) 58:44



Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle  ~ Enjoy it anyway you can ladies and gents.



Dead End Street ~ Lou Rawls ~  I do believe Rawls explains it all.



Lincoln Park Pirates ~ Steve Goodman ~ You know about No Parking Zones, don’t you? Towing cars as a city-wide fundraiser can be very profitable.




Yes, it’s an ad for a newspaper hawking its prize writer and vice versa.  Where else but in a tavern would you expect to find a discussion of punctuation?



Mike Royko quotes with a song, the reason for the choice of which I am very unclear about. But Mike’s words make it all right.  Maybe.



Who & Why Royko ~ With background music. I wonder why  it’s so hard to find a song for or about Royko? Someone needs to write one. Or two at the very least. Maybe they have. If you find one, do not hesitate to share it. Please.



We’re All Crazy In Chicago ~~ No, I will not vouch for the veracity of this statement/song. Are you crazy?


A list of songs about Chicago compliments of the wonderful world of Wikipedia



Bear has Nomads, oh yeah

It’s down home in Alabama with Johnny in Mobile








  1. April 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

    hello eva its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada appeerz to be skandalized that the chicago album trak listing omits sumthing calld stay the night but i think he is just konfyoozd i meen after all why wood a song by the layt minstrel benjamin orr song be on an album from the faymus minstrels chicago??? ok bye

    • April 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Ok hi, Mr. Vizsla aka Dennis the Woof Woof. OOO scandalized are you? Well that’s good to know. I have no clue why what’s there or not there is there. All I know is what the uploarder posted. Feel free to watch on the tubes of you and correct them. Go for it!
      Oh don’t worry, the vienna red hot dogs are not related to you. Yum. 🙂

  2. April 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hey! What a great idea for a post! I love Cell Block Tango. I’ll come back and visit this post more when I have a little more time. Meanwhile … the requested book list is in a reply to you on my blog – you know which post. 🙂 I am so ready to call it a day today.
    Hope you’re well and thanks for stopping by. And p.s. I want a list in reply!

    • April 13, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Hey! Left a list at your casa. 🙂 It’s not all American but it is all prose. Fair enough?
      Yeah, you strike me as a very Tango kind of lady, Jeanne–get your dancing shoes on.

      • April 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

        I left you a note in thanks for your list on my blog, but I’ll save you the time and repeat here – already had added Charles DeLint and Emma Bull on your earlier recommendation to my search list for the big book sale, 🙂 but I’ll also keep an eye out for the others. Thanks.
        I do love to dance; I occasionally think about lessons even, but the nearest studio is so far away. Shucks.And hey – re: Chicago .. I love Steve Goodman.
        Can we take a little side trip to New Orleans before coming back to Chi-town? (I like this version.)

      • April 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        A note, ooo thank you, Jeanne. Makes me feel like a kid leaving messages in secret places for exhange. 🙂
        Hey, I’m being consistent regarding de Lint and Bull–both are urban fantasy novel. Hey, see what strikes your fancy and what doesn’t and let me know. I’ve come across most of your choices so that’s no issue. But your endorsement provides some motivation to explore.
        Steve Goodman is very cool Thank you for the music share. Big Grin. I was supposed to visit New Orleans with some friends for a summer get together, before Katrina, but they backed out of the trip. I’ve been ticked off at them ever since–because, let’s face it, the city is not the same since Katrina.
        Now, what about NON-fiction books?
        Btw, perhaps we could create some sort of joing posting effort regarding these tomes. What do you think? No time pressure intended. Just an idea.

  3. April 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Almost as good as reading Royko is listening to Studs reading Royko:

  4. Johnny Ojanpera said,

    April 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Wow. What a city. I love the tango, and the Super Bowl Shuffle was the most amazing rap I had ever heard when I was ten. Great variation on this Eva. 🙂

    • April 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Every time I read your name I think of the Johnny Carson show with “Here’s Johnny.” That’s a good thing. Have you never been to my home town? As for the Bears’ shuffle–o god, Bears’ fans waited years and years for that winning team. I was forced to watch painful losses season after season as a kid. But on the upside, there was Mike who seldom missed a beat–and when he did, he adjusted. 🙂

  5. April 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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  6. slpmartin said,

    April 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Some good laughs and memories brought on by those videos.

    • April 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Hey charles–memories? Laughs? Are you a Windy City kind of guy? Huh? How about the tune(s) you think of when you recall Chicago?

  7. April 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    They came up … Super Bowl Shuffle was cute 🙂 Oooo that sax 🙂 For the Ryoko quotes song ; doesn’t Chicago have a large German ethnic population? Lots of builders? List of songs About Chicago Wiki Hahahahaha 🙂 Who knew?

    • April 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Yes That Sax!. Yes, Chicago has a large German ethnic population. But I think the song has a direct connection to Royko–something which is eluding me at the present time. But I’m working on filling that memory gap. )
      Btw, on that list of songs there are several rap songs which are quite relevant. And some surprisingly OLD music which is none too shabby either. I may have to do another post for fun..

  8. April 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Typos … sorry. My keyboard refuses to shpell rite.

  9. April 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I looked for the Cell Block Tango!! and there it was!!! And the album Chicago. 🙂 But I didn’t know enough to anticipate all of the others. Wow! I’ll hveto come back later to listen to the last 6 … they truncated themselves my turning white with exclamation points… Hasta luego. I knew the Windy city had good music … this was fun. 🙂

    • April 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      O I knew Cell Block Tango would be as predictable as Elvis’ In The Ghetto, but I could not resist that full package song and dance deal. There’s a lot NOT here. Even if you’re not a sports fan, well, what other football team could put together it’s very own music crew? LOL. Nomad city here I come on the wind plane.

  10. April 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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  11. Yousei Hime said,

    April 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    One of my favorites.

    • April 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Ooooooooooo Yousei~~~you sly Poetic One. Two Chicago stye red hots for you on the double!

      • April 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        PS, Yes, you can remove the puppy if you’re vegan or an all veggie person and still have a tasty meal on a steamed poppy seed bun. Yeah, you can. )

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