from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The metropolitan area of Chicago, including parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.


Chicago + land. Credit for placing the term in common use is generally give to Colonel Robert R. McCormck, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, first using it on page 1 of the July 27, 1926 issue, although it may have been coined much earlier. (Wiktionary)



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