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March 9th, 2006


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11:11 pm - i am sooo gonna miss chi-town
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 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 read "The Trib."
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 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 what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is.
You know what "Italian Beef" is.
You know why they call Chicago "The Windy City."
You understand 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.
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 have at some time in your life, used your furniture to guard your parking spot in winter.

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