Mocking and Celebrating Chicago's Hoods via Slang
May 19, 2010 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Please help me research and invent nicknames for the neighborhoods of Chicago. Examples include Wrigleyvile, Hans Christian Andersonville, The Crotch, Wes Andersonville, and El Crotcho.

Nicknames for Chicago itself will also be accepted for half credit, unless they're really awesome and creative.
posted by Juliet Banana to Society & Culture (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Viagra Triangle? Some people still refer to Maxwell Street as Jew Town, but I wish they wouldn't.
posted by Xalf at 3:57 PM on May 19, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ravenswoody Harrelson
posted by scody at 3:59 PM on May 19, 2010

Context? What's this for?

Meanwhile: Sex Corners, Drinkin' Square, S'uptown, Mold Town, Roscoe P. Village, Bulldong Woods, Fucktown, Lincoln's Hair, Jeckyll 'n Hyde Park, Logan's Run, D'ohare, Splinter's Row, Sauganass, Harridan Park, Humbug Park, Back of my Ass|Balls|whatever, Jefferslum Park.

I can think of others from when I was a kid, but they're, um, somewhat racially unpalatable, so I'm not about to perpetuate those.
posted by davejay at 4:26 PM on May 19, 2010 [3 favorites]

Oh, and Chicago once was nicknamed Oniontown, although that's an oldie.
posted by davejay at 4:34 PM on May 19, 2010

Robber Snark (Rogers Park?)
posted by amethysts at 5:01 PM on May 19, 2010

I think you may be confusing Hans Christian AndersEn (a Dane) with AndersOnville, a term for the historically-Swedish neighborhood.
posted by squid patrol at 5:11 PM on May 19, 2010

The south side is, of course, Obamatonburg.
posted by netbros at 5:14 PM on May 19, 2010

For Rogers Park, I'd go with either Roger Spark or Roger's Prick. Also, the Loop-de-Loop or the Poop. Fried Park or Hyde-your-wallet Park or Not-Jekyll Park. Old Clown, Old-what's-his-face, It-used-to-be-cool-until-the-hippies-were-gentrified-out Town.

You still need help with this?
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:23 PM on May 19, 2010

Raven-Symoné-wood. Lincoln Prick. Edgewafer. Logan Stare. All-banger Park. The Gold Crust. The Old Coast. Englewood Humperdinck.
posted by adrian_h at 8:39 PM on May 19, 2010

Well, a friend of mine named her daughter Chi (pronounced Shy) because Chicago is "The Greatest City in the World," according to her.

Stoner's Island Park.

Please donate any half-credits or credits you might have given me to a suitable charity or another Mefite in need of credit.
posted by IndigoRain at 1:30 AM on May 20, 2010

posted by mike_bling at 9:34 AM on May 20, 2010

I have to amend my previous contribution - Robber Snark should be Robber's Snark OR Robber's Mark.
Oak Park = Smoke Pork
posted by amethysts at 11:09 AM on May 20, 2010

I'm astonished that "Lincoln-No-Park" isn't on anybody's list yet. Maybe I just had bitter friends who hadn't learned not to drive around town.
posted by aimedwander at 12:07 PM on May 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


posted by Lieber Frau at 1:45 PM on May 20, 2010

I'd forgotten Lincoln no-park. That one is filed in my mind, not under "slang" or "nickname", but under "fact."
posted by davejay at 12:26 PM on May 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

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