You’re Obviously From Chicago

There are other places that have similar lists like Texas, Florida and New York, but Chicago is different. It’s the only city that can experience all four seasons in a single day; especially if you live by the lake. The lake I’m referring to is Lakechicagoskyline Michigan for those who never took geography, don’t own a map, or have never been to Chicago to see our beautiful lakefront.

Here are a few other tips when you know someone is from Chicago:

  • The “s” in Illinois is silent. Shh. Yes. It’s not pronounced Illinoissssss. It’s pronounced Illinoi (silent s). If you pronounce the “s”, you will be escorted to the state line.
  • School is cancelled because it’s too cold or it’s too hot. This I just can’t relate to. When I went to school back in the 1970’s and early ’80’s, we NEVER had a day off with the exception of the great blizzard of 1979. Kids today have it way too easy.
  • Stores don’t have sacks. They have bags. When I ask my husband, “Did you bring the bags?” He says with hilarity, “Yeah–I’m looking at her.”
  • You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. “We’re going to the movies. Do you wanna come with?” This particular bullet point is a dead give-away as being a person from Chicago.
  • A good hamburger is twice as big as the bun. It has everything on it, with a pickle on the side; and fries!!!
  • Death Dogs are a hot dog with mustard and onions. NO KETCHUP.
  • You drink “pop”, not “soda.”
  • The weather you dress for when you leave for work in the morning is not the same weather when the clock strikes noon.
  • You start wearing a helmet around high rises when the ice starts to melt so when it breaks free from a building, you’ll reduce your chances of cracking your skull open and dying on the pavement while people step over you.
  • You look forward to having the Chicago river dyed green every year for St. Patrick’s Day because we are the only city that dyes their river green. Be proud.
  • You can distinguish where most area codes are located: 312, 847, 630, 773, 708, 815…blah, blah, blah…
  • You know the phone number to Empire Carpet by heart. Go ahead and sing it.  I’ll wait.
  • You know what a true Chicago hot dog is.
  • You know what true Chicago pizza is.
  • You understand what the term “lake effect” means.
  • I-290, I-90, I-94, I-294 are all different expressways–NOT interstates. Even though they are technically interstates, we call them expressways.
  • Lake Michigan is referred to as, “The Lake.”
  • You have two favorite football teams: The Chicago Bears and anyone who beats the Packers
  • Washing your car when it’s 50 degrees outside is normal
  • We understand why Chicago is called the “Windy City.”
  • You refer to Chicago as “The City.”
  • One word: Lollapalooza
  • When you see helicopters in the sky, it’s either around rush hour, traffic is screwed up somewhere, or the President is in town
  • You know why the Billy Goat Tavern is famous
  • You pronounce Chicago as “Chicaahhgo.”
  • You’ve received a ticket in Wisconsin because you had Illinois plates. This happened to me TWICE on the same ride home….jerks.
  • You naturally walk with a lean due to wind resistance.
  • You know what The Bean is.

Lastly, you believe that this will be THE year for the Cubs.


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