Leave it to Kanye and Kim Kardashian West to put their own spin on the Friday afternoon news dump.
The couple took to Kim’s app (duh) to officially announce the name of their third child, who was born via surrogate early Monday morning. We know you’ve been waiting for the reveal, so hold on tight. Ready? You sure?
Yes, like the city. Twitter immediately erupted with jokes about the unusual moniker, as is to be expected with any Kardashian-Jenner baby news. Why didn’t they choose Wild Wild? At least it’s not Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri West. But it kind of sounds like the name of a hospital, no? Or maybe her name is actually Schaumburg, but it’s just easier to say Chicago. (That last one’s for you, Chicagoland natives.)
But hear us out: Chicago is actually a great name for the baby girl. It might even be perfect. We wouldn’t make such a bold claim without backing it up, of course, so here are a few reasons why.
After his parents divorced when he was 3, Kanye and his mother, Donda, moved to Chicago. He grew up in Oak Lawn and references the city in his work quite often, most prominently in the 2007 song “Homecoming.” Featured artist Chris Martin sings about fireworks at Lake Michigan, and Kanye raps about meeting a girl named Windy, a blatant metaphor for the Windy City that could double as a nickname for his child. In case it wasn’t clear, he later raps, “If you don’t know by now, I’m talkin’ ’bout Chi-Town.”
Rumor has it that the Wests named their first daughter North because she represented a high point in their lives. Saint was reportedly chosen for their second child because he was a blessing after Kim’s difficult pregnancy. Chicago seems to be just as special to the couple.
Several photos of Kanye arriving at his Calabasas, Calif., office on Wednesday circulated the web, and he was beaming in them. Beaming! How often do you see this man without his trademark scowl? Let him have it.
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