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Things I’ve learned since becoming a Chicagoan
Posted 5/22/2013 3:46:00 PM

As many people already know, I’m not originally from Chicago. I wasn’t born and raised here, but I chose to move here after getting out of the military because I’m a Midwest girl and I wanted to live in a big city. After having previously been to ‘The Windy City’ on a few occasions and always having a great time, I decided Chicago would be a great place to start my ‘civilian life’ (as we call it in the Marine Corps). Now, after living here for some time now, I’ve realized that I have not only made the right decision, but that I love this city!

I thought it would be fun to put together a list of things that I’ve learned about Chicago so far, and I only say ‘so far’ because there is so much to take in here and it’s a constant adventure. So without further ado…

Things I’ve learned since becoming a Chicagoan:

  1. ALWAYS take the express lane! There have been times that I thought that the regular lanes were moving faster only to find out that I was so wrong… Lesson learned.
  2. I’m pretty sure Lou Malnati’s can cure more than just hunger. If you’re having a bad day, go there! Good things come to those who eat their deep dish pizza.
  3. When meeting someone new, be sure to ask, “What’s your nationality?” and if they say Italian, make a mental note to never get into an argument with them, trust me, it’s not worth it. The only person who can get louder than an Italian is another Italian.
  4. If you dance crazy enough, you WILL be on the Fan Cam at a Cub’s baseball game. Just last week I was with a friend at the game doing the YMCA dance and one minute later I got a text that read, “I like your dance skills and enthusiasm. Just saw you on TV.”
  5. Speaking of baseball, I’ve also found that my favorite seats at Wrigley Field are in the bleachers because those people know how to party!
  6. Taxi drivers were put on this Earth to push your buttons, but don’t let them. The kinder you are to them, the kinder they are to you. Scratch that, just be kinder to everyone, it’s amazing how much nicer the world seems when you’re upbeat and nice to people.
  7. It doesn’t matter if you’re just visiting or if you’ve been living here forever, go on a bus tour around the city! It might sound silly, but I promise you it’s a great time and you’ll learn a lot!
  8. If possible, avoid the Blue Line at night. I have only heard horror stories about that line. I personally avoid the Lines altogether because they scare me and I’m color-blind. Okay, I’m not really color-blind, but I still think they’re scary.
  9. Explore this city constantly. There is always something going on, whether it’s a new restaurant opening, a sporting event taking place, a rock band in town, or a beer-tasting event! It can be a Friday night or a Wednesday afternoon; there is always something to do here.
  10. Chicago is not just the greatest city in the Midwest, but the entire U.S.! If you live here, go ahead and pat yourself on the back—job well done!
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