As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself listening to Sinatra's songs. I had never expected this, but better accept it than regret it.
Well, my question is, what does "the wrigley building" and "the union stockyard" means in Sinatra's song "my kind of town". The verse is:

And each time I leave, chicago is
Tuggin my sleeve, chicago is
The wrigley building, chicago is
The union stockyard, chicago is
One town that won't let you down
It's my kind of town

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Javi
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As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself listening to Sinatra's songs. I had never expected this, but ... building, chicago is The union stockyard, chicago is One town that won't let you down It's my kind of town

A bit of capitalisation would have helped. The Wrigley Building has its own website -
http://www.wrigley.com/wrigley/about/about story building.asp

For the Union Stockyard, see
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/U/UnionStock.html

Don Aitken
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As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself listening to Sinatra's songs. I had never expected this, but ... building, chicago is The union stockyard, chicago is One town that won't let you down It's my kind of town

See:
http://www.wrigley.com/wrigley/about/about story building.asp http://www.chipublib.org/004chicago/timeline/stockyard.html
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As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself listening to Sinatra's songs. I had never expected this, but ... my question is, what does "the wrigley building" and "the union stockyard" means in Sinatra's song "my kind of town".

Those are two well known landmarks easily identified with Chicago (I believe the stockyards are now gone). It's like saying New York is Times Square, or Barcelona is The Ramblas. These are things that quickly give you an overall impression of the particular city.

Brian Wickham
As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself ... that won't let you down It's my kind of town

A bit of capitalisation would have helped.

Surely. I had a similar problem with another Sinatra's song. I hope that I will learn for the next time: lyrics in the WWW are not properly capitalized.
The Wrigley Building has its own website - http://www.wrigley.com/wrigley/about/about story building.asp For the Union Stockyard, see http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/U/UnionStock.html

So, they are buildings' names. I looked at M-W but could nod find "wrigley" nor did I find a reasonable meaning for "union stockyard", although I found other words and expressions that I did not know and that appears in that Sinatra's song, as "razzmatazz" and "tuggin my sleeve".

Thank you, Don and Skitt, for your answers.
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Saludos cordiales
Javi
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A bit of capitalisation would have helped.

Surely. I had a similar problem with another Sinatra's song. I hope that I will learn for the next time: lyrics in the WWW are not properly capitalized.

The Wrigley Building is a Chicago landmark. It houses (housed?) the corporate headquarters for the Wrigley company that makes chewing gum. The brands are Juicy Fruit, Wrigley's Spearmint, Wrigley's Double Mint and many more. The Chicago Cubs baseball team plays in another Chicago landmark: Wrigley Field.
The Union Stockyards were not "a" building, but a group of buildings. Carl Sandburg's poem "The Right to Grief" is about a stockyard worker. In his more famous poem, "Chicago", the first verse is:

"HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders"
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As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself listening to Sinatra's songs. I had never expected this, but better accept it than regret it.

I like Sinatra more as I get older, too. Rock and roll doesn't age well, sometimes you want something mellow to listen to as you eat dinner.
Surely. I had a similar problem with another Sinatra's song. I hope that I will learn for the next time: lyrics in the WWW are not properly capitalized.

That's not the worst of it. According to Fontana's Law, every reproduction of lyrics on the Web contains at least one substantive error. See also Manfre's Corollary.
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As i am getting old, I have, surprisingly, found myself ... never expected this, but better accept it than regret it.

I like Sinatra more as I get older, too. Rock and roll doesn't age well, sometimes you want something mellow to listen to as you eat dinner.

Some kind of weird synchronicity at work this week...I was listening to a Sinatra CD myself earlier today, one that included a rendition of "Route 66", as well as "Saturday in the Park" and "Hotel California"..

Not Frank though...Nancy..r
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