The City of Big Shoulders Slumps

The City of Chicago has been strutting tall since Obama’s victory — it was even named City of the Year by GQ (note the nod to STOP SMILING); in the past few days, however, the Chicago Tribune‘s parent Tribune Company formally declared bankruptcy; a glass factory that employed 250 people unexpectedly shut its doors; and this morning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested by the FBI on charges related to his alleged intent to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat, and for allegedly attempting to strongarm the Chicago Tribune editorial board into firing its members who were critical of the governor’s office. STOP SMILING explored some of the Windy City’s more endearing aspects in its 2006 Chicago Issue, which is available as part of our new Geographically Speaking gift pack .