Chicago, The City Named For a Vegetable: Encore

Admit it. You’ve never really thought about how many cities are named after a vegetable, have you?

Allium tricoccum Well, not many, if any, other city than Chicago can claim this honor. It is the third largest city in the nation, and yet you have to go all the way down to #185, Orange, CA, to find another named for something edible. Oh, no, I take that back. #76 is Buffalo (which seems to be the only large city named for an animal, but we’ll let the Buffalosians write about that).

Back to vegetables. What is a ‘chicago’, you might reasonably ask. You never see them at the grocery store. “Fresh, crisp chicagos, special today, $3.98/pound.” Never. Or at the farmer’s market.

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