10 ways we know you’re a true Chicagoan

There's no such thing as a Willis Tower in Chicago. We only recognize it as the Sears Tower.It’s interesting to see how people can recognize if you’re really from Chicago. We have some character traits that are easily distinguished, landmarks that only true Chicagoans know about and pet peeves that grind our gears.

Here are 10 ways we know you are a true Chicagoan.


#1) Let’s get straight into it… What is the Willis Tower?

We all know that there is no such thing as a Willis Tower in Chicago – we only recognize it as the Sears Tower.


cartoon chicken

#2)  Chicken.

A true Chicagoan has had either Harold’s, Shark’s or Uncle Remus at least once in his or her life and brags about the experience to everyone that’s not from Chicago.






towing truck#3)  You’ve been to the Chicago Auto Pound.

The sign says “Tow Zone.” Now you believe it. And don’t even mention Lincoln Park Towing.




cartoon rat#4) Rats.

We’ve all traumatically encountered a Chicago rat. The first time I saw a Chicago rat, I thought it was a small rabbit – that’s how big they are. On the bright side, at least we can say that no other rat can beat Chicago’s rat. Go Chicago Rats?



#5 The CTA.Don't be this guy, take off your backpack!

You’ve mastered your way around the CTA and you can easily distinguish when it’s someone’s first time riding public transportation.



Cartoon of Jay Cutler's head

#6 Jay Cutler.

You automatically become irritated when you hear his name.




Illustration of Stanley Cup#7) Blackhawks.

As of late, you’ve accumulated a lot of red and black in your closet.






UIC Flames vs. DePaul Blue Demons


#8) UIC vs. DePaul.

You know about the college rivalry and you know that Flames always burn the Blue Demons.




She doesn't even live here

#9) Hey, you don’t even live here!

You have to explain to people that living in a Chicago suburb, or a town as far away as Naperville, means that you are not a Chicagoan! Sorry, the Chicagoan Club is very exclusive.





Michael Jordan

#10 Michael Jordan

Does this one even need a description?

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