In his recent proclamation, Mayor Richard M. Daley urged Chicagoans to celebrate the occasion by bringing the spoken words of Shakespeare into their daily lives.

CHICAGO — In honor of William Shakespeare's upcoming birthday, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has proclaimed Talk Like Shakespeare Day in the city.

Although Shakespeare's actual birth date is not known, many scholars believe it to have been on April 23, 1564, since the poet and playwright is known to have been baptized three days later.

In his recent proclamation, Daley urged Chicagoans to celebrate the occasion by bringing the spoken words of Shakespeare into their daily lives.

Shakespeare, who died in 1616, would be 445 today.