And indeed, Chicago is Toppy’s kind of town. Between Blaine’s frequent visits there from Fort Wayne (go ahead, ask him about his relatives up there!), the Bossman’s occasional jaunts down the shores of Lake Michigan from Toppy World HQ, and my own “Escape from Indiana” visits and layovers at O’Hare and Midway, the City of Big Shoulders gets a lot of coverage here. Indeed, Chicago is the only market in the history of Toppy to have two editors post the exact same ID – same hour and everything – and we’re both too stubborn to delete one of ’em.
(In fact, a quick glance down the list of markets shows that Chicago, with 207 IDs represented here, is second only to Boston’s 253 – and you know Lehmann won’t give up that prize without a fight. Third, by the way, is Fort Wayne, with a whopping 161 IDs, thanks to Blaine’s tireless efforts.)
So this week, yep, more Chicago, largely from the suburbs. And as I continue to stall before next month’s southern California/Nevada swing (hellooooooo, Bakersfield!) and the flood of Big Trip ’07 IDs, expect still more Chicago from me in the next couple of weeks.
It still won’t quite get Chicago past Boston on the great Toppy ID count, but then they don’t call it the “Second City” for nuthin’….