I have always considered Chicago to be aptly named. The name “Chicago” or “Checagou” as referenced by Robert de LaSalle is derived from a French rendering of the word shikaakwa of the Miami-Illinois Native American language. It loosely translates as “wild onion” or “wild garlic”. Beyond the actual garlic plants for which the city was named, I have always felt that our fair city mimics the strong and distinct flavors of garlic and onion.
Instrumentation: for flute, clarinet, alto sax, and cello.
Duration: 8 minutes