YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM
You know what the phone number for Empire Carpet
Your living room is called the "front room."
You don't pronounce the "s" at the
end of Illinois,
and you become irate at people who do.
You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city"),
everything is pretty much 15 minutes away.
You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "DesPlaines."
Your school classes were canceled because of the cold
Your school classes were canceled because of the hot
You've switched from heat to air conditioning in
the same day.
Your grocery stores don't have sacks; they
You end your sentences with prepositions:
"Where's my coat at?" or "If
you go to the mall, I wanna go
with," or "Come by and pick me up."
Your idea of a great
sandwich is when the meat is twice as big as the
bun, it has
everything on it, and a slice of dill pickle is on the side.
You always carry jumper cables in your car.
drink "pop," not soda or even worse "coke."
You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94, and I-294
are all different
You know the names
of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower,
and the Edens, but you call them all "expressways."
refer to anything south of I-80 as "Southern Illinois."
refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake."
You refer to Chicago
as "The City."
The "Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in a series of 35
in January of 1986.
No matter where you
are, when you hear the term "Downtown," you
they're talking about downtown Chicago.
You have two
favorite football teams: The Bears,
and anyone who beats the
You read "The Trib."
You drive to the North
suburbs by taking "The Outer Drive" even though
no such road
You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your
You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog.
You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.
know why they call Chicago "The Windy City."
what "lake-effect" means.
You know the difference between
Amtrak and Metra, and know which
station they end up at. (Do
note the preposition.)
You ride the "L."
You can distinguish among the following area codes:
847, 630, 773, 708, 312, & 815.
respond to the question "Where are you from with a "side."
Example:"WEST SIDE," "SOUTH SIDE," or "NORTH SIDE."
You wear gym shoes, not sneakers.
CHICAGO CLASSIC: You have at some time in your life, used your
furniture to guard your parking spot in winter.