The name “Chicago” is derived from “Shikaakwa”.

Established 184 years ago, the city named “Chicago” is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as “wild onion” or “wild garlic”, from the Miami-Illinois language.

Wild Garlic (literally…)

The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as “Checagou” was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir written about the time. It was also noted that the wild garlic, called chicagoua, grew abundantly in the area. The 1780s saw the arrival of the first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who was of African and European (French) descent. 

Alas, enjoy some images of America’s third largest city in population, Wild Garlic, Illinois!

(Funnily enough, right at the time of publishing this latest blog article, I can literally smell garlic. It’s lunchtime, and someone is consuming a fair amount of garlic nearby. The coincidence is uncanny and quite humorous).

All Roads (and Railroads) Lead to Chicago
Feel the Rhythm & Flow of Chicago!

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