The mayor, who once sent a dead fish to a political opponent, which is a Mafioso threat of death, said the name makes the town seem like a violent place.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." The word suggests the city is as dangerous as the war zone in Iraq.
"We had an honest, frank conversation," Emanuel said.
Emanuel said he suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place.
The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that should be examined.Actually it is an insult to Iraq.
Iraq's homicide rate was 8 per 100,000 people in 2012.
Chicago's was 18.5 per 100,000 people in 2012.