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YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, IF.....
- Your living room is called the "front room." (pronounced fronchroom)
- 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"), and everything is pretty much 15 minutes away.
- You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "DesPlaines."
- Your school classes were canceled because of the cold weather. Your school classes were canceled because of the hot weather.
- You've switched from heat to air conditioning in the same day.
- Your grocery stores don't have sacks; they have bags.
- 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.
- You drink "pop," not soda.
- You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94, and I-294 are all different highways.
- You know the names of the interstates:
Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and the Edens, but you call them all "expressways."
- You refer to anything south of I-80 as "Southern Illinois"
- You refer to Lake Michigan as "The Lake."
- You've seen the BEAN.
- You know what the "cribs" are.
- You refer to Chicago as "The City."
- The "Super Bowl" refers to one specific game in a series of 35 played in January of 1985.
- No matter where you are, when you hear the term "Downtown," you immediately assume they're talking about downtown Chicago.
- You know "the Loop" means Downtown.
- You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers!
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you know the curse of "the Billy Goat."
- You read "The Trib."
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you drive to the North suburbs by taking "The Outer Drive" even though no such road exists.
- When giving directions - You say ...
Go toward Wisconsin; Go South; Go West; Go towards the Lake!
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you think 35 degrees is great weather to wash your car!
- You know what goes on a Chicago Style Hot Dog and what does not go on.
You NEVER put Katchup on a hot dog!
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.
- You know what "Italian Beef" is.... "Italian beef with sweet peppers" !
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you know why they call Chicago "The Windy City" (and it has nothing to do with "Wind") !
- You understand what "lake-effect" means.
- YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if 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 KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO,if you can distinguish among the following area codes: 847, 630, 773, 708, 312, & 815.
- You respond to the question "Where are you from with a "side." Example: "WESS SIDE," "SOUT SIDE," or "NORT SIDE."
- You wear gym shoes, not sneakers.
- And, the all time CHICAGO CLASSIC:
YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM CHICAGO, if you have at some time in your life, on a snowy day, used your furniture to guard your parking spot on a city "side street"
Chicago Temperature Conversion Chart
This is the "Year of the Cubs" !!!
- 60 above - Floridians wear coats, gloves, and wooly hats.
Chicago people sunbathe.
- 50 above - New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.
Chicago people plant gardens.
- 40 above - Italian cars won't start.
Chicago people drive with the windows down.
- 32 above - Distilled water freezes.
Lake Michigan's water gets thicker.
- 20 above - Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Chicago people have the last cookout before it gets cold.
- 15 above - New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
Chicago people throw on a sweatshirt.
- 0 degrees - Californians fly away to Mexico.
Chicago people lick the flagpole and throw on a light jacket
over the sweatshirt.
- 20 below - People in Miami cease to exist.
Chicago people get out their winter coats.
- 40 below - Hollywood disintergrates.
Chicago's Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door to door.
- 60 below - Polar bears begin to evacuate Antarctica.
Chicago's Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival"
classes until it gets cold enough.
- 80 below - Mount St. Helen's freezes.
Chicago people rent some videos.
- 100 below - Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Chicago people get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.
- 297 below - Microbial life survives on dairy products.
Illinois cows complain of farmers with cold hands.
- 460 below - ALL atomic motion stops.
Chicago people start saying... "Cold 'nuff for ya??"
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