We Chicagoans love to compare. We will always compare our city to New York, just like we'll always debate who serves the best deep dish pizza and which side of town hosts the superior baseball team.
I thought Google results could be one simple metric to declare a winner, and while I was a it it I could also declare a few other winners as well.
I won't bore you with my methodology until the end of the list.
Theo Epstein Vs. Rahm Emanuel
Winner: Rahm 1.3 m results vs. 4.2m (respectively)
Rahm vs. Richard Daley (without the middle initial "M." or "J.")
Winner: Rahm to Daley's 2.2m
Michael Jordan vs. Kanye West
Winner: Kanye 238m to 307m.
307,000,000 is a big number. It pays to blow up in the internet era I suppose.
Kanye vs. Oprah + Oprah Winfrey
Winner: Kanye. "Oprah" got 86.9m hits and "Oprah Winfrey" got 84.8m combined they wouldn't beat Kanye's 307m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox
Winner: Cubs. 89.5m vs. 23.6m
Chicago Bears vs. Chicago Bulls vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Winner: Bulls. Respectively they were: 38.5m vs. 39m vs. 4.63m*
Arlington Park vs. Hawthorne Race
Winner: Arlington Park. 49.1m vs 386k
Ferris Bueller's Day Off vs. Blues Brothers
Winner: Blues Brothers. 9.6m vs. 8.7 for "Ferris Bueller"**
Wrigley Field vs. Soldier Field
Winner: Solider Field. 5.7m vs 8.3m
DePaul University vs. Northwestern University vs. U. of Chicago
Winner: Northwestern. 71.9 vs 10.4m vs. 40.6m
Gino's East vs. Giordano's
Winner: Giordano's. 205k vs. 1.3m
Andrew Mason vs. Ken Griffin vs. Sam Zell
Winner: Andrew Mason. 4.6m vs. 2.4m vs. 550k.
Mr. Beef vs. Al's Famous
Winner: Al's Famous. 26.3m vs. 69.8m
ChicagoNow vs. Chicago RedEye
Winner: Chicago RedEye. 2.5m vs 8.4m
Chicago Tribune vs. Chicago Sun Times
Winner: Chicago Tribune. 215m vs. 20.5m
Willis Tower vs. Sears Tower
Winner: Willis Tower. 11.7m vs. 2.1m
Willis Tower vs. Cloud Gate (the Bean's formal name)
Winner: Cloud Gate. with 16.6m
Field Museum vs. Art Institute of Chicago vs.
Winner: Field Musuem. 146m vs. 47m
Rick Bayless vs. Grant Achatz vs. Charlie Trotter
Winner: Bayless. 879k vs. 473k vs. 292k
Brookfield Zoo vs. Lincoln Park Zoo
Winner: Lincoln Park Zoo. 1.1m vs. 3.1m
Lollapalooza vs. Northcoast Music Festival vs. Pitchfork Music Festival
Winner: Lollapalooza. 8.2m vs. 3.1m vs. 1.2m
Please feel free to leave the results in the comments for any I missed.
Methodology: To get uniform results I am going to use the top name Google suggests (Michael Jordan was suggested after typing "Michael Jor", so I clicked it before typing the rest) and count the total results. Well, not actually count the results but I'm gonna look at the number Google shows me.
*- oddly using quotation marks around "Chicago Blackhawks" gives them 23.5m results, which is still fewer than Bears and Bulls.
**- Ferris Bueller- that may not be apples-to-apples since Blues Brothers is also the name of a well-known performing act that is still performing. So it's possible that the Blues Brothers' win was aided by virtue of the movie being a musical. But hey, a Google result is a Google result.
Tags: Al's Famous, Andrew Mason, Arlington Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Blues Brothers, Brookfield Zoo, Charlie Trotter, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, ChicagoNow, Cloud Gate, DePaul, Ferris Bueller, Field Musuem, Gino's East, Giordano's, Grant Achatz, Hawthorne, Kanye West, Ken Griffin, Michael Jordan, Northwestern, Oprah, Pitchfork Music Festival, Rahm Emanuel, RedEye, Rick Bayless, Sam Zell, Solider Field, Theo Epstein, U. of Chicago, Willis Tower, Wrigley Field