Richard has moved back to Chicago, where he will reconnect with Northwestern friends and look for a job. We’ll miss him, of course, but Chicago is a wonderful place to be for a young man on the move.
Unlike many other once-growing Midwestern cities that now are shriveling, Chicago has maintained that youthful exuberance and bursting at the seams feeling of growth. It’s a huge city, sprawling and brawling, always throwing up new skyscrapers and enduring new scandals. Carl Sandburg’s great poem Chicago captures the city well, beginning with its familiar opening:
HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
Enjoy the Windy City, Richard! You fit right in.