You know you're from Chicago when...
- The "living room" is called the "front room."
- You don't pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois, and you become irritated at people who do.
- You measure distance in minutes (especially "from the city") and you swear everything is
pretty much 15 minutes away.
- You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "DesPlaines" or "Lisle."
- Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
- Your school classes were canceled because of heat.
- You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
- Stores don't have sacks, they have bags.
- You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition.
Example: "Where's my coat at?" or "If you go to the mall I wanna go with."
- Your idea of a great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun. "Everything"
is on it and a slice of dill pickle is on the side.
- You carry jumper cables in your car.
- You drink "pop."
- You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94 and I-294 are all different roads.
- You know the names of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and the
Edens. But you call the interstates "expressways."
- You refer to anything south of I-80 as "Southern Illinois."
- You 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 played in January of 1986.
- No matter where you are, when you hear the term "Downtown" you immediately assume they're
talking about Downtown Chicago, which really is "The Loop."
- You have two favorite football teams, The Bears and the Packers (love to hate them).
- You buy "The Trib."
- You think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!
- You what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog.
- You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.
- You know why they call Chicago "The Windy City," and it's not because of the wind.
- You understand what "lake effect" is.
- You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra and know which station they end up at.
- You have ridden the "El."
- You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847, 630, 773, 708, 312, 815.
- You have, at some time in your life, used your furniture to guard your parking spot in winter.
- You respond to the question "Where are you from?" with a "side."
Example: "WEST SIDE," "SOUTH SIDE," OR "NORTH SIDE."
- You know what the phone number is to Empire Carpet (588-2300).