When you hear someone mention the “Windy City,” you immediately know they’re talking about Chicago, as surely as the “Big Apple” means New York and “Sin City” refers to Las Vegas. Knowing this, you might make sure to pack your best windbreaker for your first trip to Illinois’ biggest city. But it turns out that, while Chicago is as prone to a blustery day as any other metropolis, its wind isn’t particularly exceptional. How did the city get this nickname? Well, when the nickname came to be, the “Windy City” wasn’t describing the weather but the people. Nineteenth-century journalists first gave Chicago this designation when criticizing the city’s elite as “full of hot air”