As in years past, this month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. 2016 marks my fifth anniversary, so to celebrate, I’m hosting Friday Blog-Ins here in San Diego; you can find out more info about where we’re meeting each week on my A to Z Challenge page.
My monthly theme is Chicago From A to Z, so stay tuned from Monday to Saturday for new posts on the Windy City. Or sign up for my mailing list (delivered weekly, on Fridays) so you don’t miss a thing!
I recently read an article in Chicago Magazine that offered a few tips to people looking to promote Chicago, rather than dwelling on some of its negative images. One of the suggestions was to tap famous Chicagoans to produce some “Go Chicago” commercials, in the vein of California’s “Visit California” commercials.
Their main point was that Chicagoans are a little tired of hearing about Oprah and Michael Jordan again and again. Don’t people know that John Cusack, Vince Vaughn and Harrison Ford are from (and currently live in) Chicago, too?
And, um, hello… OUR PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA?!
Anyway, that got me thinking…
What about making a list of Honorary Chicagoans? I mean, if universities offer honorary degrees, and cities are tired of handing out giant ceremonial keys, I think a nice “Honorary Chicagoan” plaque or button or statuette would be a cool way to get people fired up about visiting the city.
Here are some folks I’d nominate for the honor:
And one posthumous honoree: Salvador Dalí – because we can all use a little more surrealism in our lives.
Chicago celeb short list
Not that Chicago doesn’t already have plenty of celebrities to boast about!
Here are a few more celebs who were born in Chicago and/or currently call the city home:
That ought to keep you occupied for a while, right?
Name your noms!
Who’s a hero or cool cat you’d nominate as an Honorary Chicagoan?
Giveaway: San Diego from A to Z
Want to read the book I wrote last April, based on my A to Z posts about San Diego? I’m giving away two paperback copies of San Diego From A to Z over at Goodreads, so click here and enter to win! AND I’m giving away one free ebook copy every day until the end of April to a random commenter here on the blog. Leave a comment every day for another chance to win!