“Let It Go Chicago”

“So how about that weather, huh?” has been a great conversation starter in Chicago this winter. Just this week on Monday and Tuesday there was finally a warm, Spring feel, only to bring us back down to snowfall again on Wednesday. Thankfully WGN Chicago news anchor, Dan Ponce, lightens up our spirits and encourages us to “let it go” by making a parody music video to the newly Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”.  The Ponce version, “Let It Go Chicago”, goes a little something like this:

After all of the complaining that has happened recently due to the weather, this is his encouraging message:

“Don’t get upset. Don’t let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know, you [expletive] hate the snow! Let it go, Chicago! Can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go, Chicago! Turn away and ask for more. I don’t care what they’re going to say. Let the cold rage on! The cold never bothered us anyway.”

It is nice to hear someone turn a typical area for complaints as a way to make people laugh and actually bring back some Chicago pride. It is true that this weather is driving everyone crazy, but we are all experiencing it together and that, in an odd way, is another thing that brings us closer because it’s something we have in common. Anyone in the U.S. that is outside of the Midwest area will never truly understand the meaning of a cold winter.

Not to mention that Ponce even throws in a jab at New York City that ought to remind us that despite the cold, would we really rather live somewhere else? Think about all the amazing things Chicago has to offer (outside of its roller coaster weather). The Bean, Willis Tower, Giordano’s pizza, Garrett’s Popcorn, and the list goes on and on when we consider what makes up Chicago’s unique culture. Not to mention the huge historical significance that this city has had. Or maybe it is time to pack up and move someplace else, in which case the weather is only helping people make up their minds faster. Either way, that video was a fun source of comedic relief at our own Chicagoan expense and a great form of motivation.

With that, hopefully the spring weather will start shining through and we can overcome this terrible winter.


Graef, A. (2014, March 4). “WGN Chicago’s Dan Ponce tells Chicagoans to ‘Let It Go’ with winter”. Upi.com. Retrieved from: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/03/04/WGN-Chicagos-Dan-Ponce-tells-Chicagoans-to-Let-It-Go-with-winter/8461393970667/#ixzz2vs0Djgpy

Ponce, D. (Performer). (2014, March 04).Anchor’s  hilarious ‘Frozen’ parody ‘Let It Go (Chicago)’ [Web Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3lvlabVpvg.

4 thoughts on ““Let It Go Chicago”

  1. I love Frozen. I love Chicago. I love this. It is a wonderfully hilarious way to make the best of this crazy slow transition from Winter to Spring. This city, although cursed with the WORST weather, is amazing. This news anchor needs a Tony Award. His voice is butter.


  2. This was really interesting and fun to see. Although Chicago has a horrible weather and makes me question my decision to move here everyday, I love the city. The news anchor did a great job with this.


  3. As sick of I am of this song (even though it’s great) I thought this was really funny. Everyone knows Chicago has such horrible weather but it really is a bonding experience. It also brings out a lot of Chicago pride which is nice.


  4. This made my day! As someone who has been pretty annoyed wit this GOT-esque winter, this reminded me how great Chicago is no matter the weather. Not to mention, Frozen and “Let It Go” are both majestic.


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