Chicago, the greatest city in the lower 48, toss in AK and HI, too
Although separated by 2,000 miles and two time zones, thousands of Chicago soccer fans cheered on the World Cup American Champions from Lincoln Park. The U.S. Women’s team beat Japan 5-2 for their third world title. New favorite athlete name: Hope Solo.
Kingston Mines Blues Club. Chicago. July, 2 2015.
Mississippi gave birth to the blues and graciously loaned blues singer Nora Jean Bruso to Chicago for a few decades. Bruso earned and maintains a strong fan following in Chicago. According to her biography, Bruso gets her blues fair and square. Growing up in Greenwood, Miss., her father, Bobby Lee Wallace, was a sharecropper and bluesman and her mother, Ida Lee Wallace, was a gospel singer. “In high school, Nora Jean won the West Tallahatchie High School Talent Show grand prize for singing, and she began to perform in other area schools with small groups. Realizing her opportunities for recognition and recording were limited in Mississippi, Bruso moved to Chicago in 1976 and began her professional singing career.”
Kingston Mines Blues Club. Chicago. July 2, 2015
One of Chicago’s most popular blues guitarists and vocalists, Joanna Connor came to Chicago by bus from Massachusetts and never went back. In 2014, Connor was named a reader’s choice runner up to blues legend, Buddy Guy. During her decades-long career, Connor has shared the stage with a who’s who list of blues greats. She has a weekly gig at Kingston Mines.
Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions. After winning championships in 2010, 2013 and now 2015, the Commissioner called the Chicago Blackhawks a dynasty. Perhaps that’s true, but the Montreal Canadiens define dynasty for all sports. The Canadiens had a few hot streaks. 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960. They took a breather for a eight years and then won the Stanley up in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1976. Altogether, Montreal boasts 23 Stanley Cup titles. Toronto comes in second with 13 championship and Detroit, third, with 11 Stanley Cup wins. Boston and Chicago are tied with six championships each. There are six legacy teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. What a great season for the Blackhawks. I believe Chicago hockey fans are the best anywhere. Fiercely loyal. Nice to visitors. They know and respect the game. Go Hawks.