NATO Gets Basic Facts About Chicago Wrong
By Chuck Sudo in News on May 3, 2012 7:40PM
A major tip of the chapeau to TimeOut Chicago editor in chief Frank Sennett for alerting us to this video showing NATO has a lot to learn about Chicago.
Or they can just make shit up. Here's what they got wrong about basic Chicago facts.
- Chicago is the capital of Illinois. (Downstaters may agree with them on this.)
- President Obama grew up in Chicago.
- Chicago Tribune founder "Colonel" Robert McCormick built McCormick Center.
Here are some other problems with the video:
- The city's architecture was highlighted by "one of Donald Trump's famous towers."
- The "legendary jazz music" the city is famous for is represented by not only jazz musicians but also a photo of bluesman Buddy Guy.
- "If there's one place in the United States where Europeans can feel at home, it's Chicago." (Chicagoans, on the other hand, are another matter.)
- They made an Al Capone reference that ended with "today, it is clear that the gangster's days are over." (Wait until they meet City Council.)
- The "wind in the sails" reference that closes the video is tied in with a shot of the Marilyn Monroe statue in Pioneer Court that most people in this city cannot wait to come down.
Thankfully they didn't wade into the Cubs-White Sox or "soda or pop" debates.
The Chicago NATO host committee told Sennett that they asked for the inaccuracies to be corrected