Illinois is a state full of surprises, some good and some not-so-good. Living here means you get to experience a wide range of experiences, from the stunning beauty of its natural landscapes to the chaotic pace of its big cities. Whether you're a lifelong resident or a newcomer, you'll never run out of things to do or see.

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However, as much as we love Illinois, there are a few things about living here that can make even the most patient person cringe. For example, the weather in Illinois is highly unpredictable and can change in the blink of an eye. One minute it's sunny and warm, and the next, it's pouring rain and hailing.

Welcome to Illinois sign on the side of a road
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Another annoyance is the never-ending traffic jams, especially in and around Chicago. No matter what time of day it is, you're guaranteed to get stuck in a slow-moving line of cars. If you're not prepared, this can quickly turn a short trip into a long and frustrating journey.

To add to that, there's also the constant confusion about our state. People often think that Chicago is the capital of Illinois and refer to us as "the Windy City," which can get old pretty fast. While visiting tourist attractions such as the Willis Tower or the Lincoln Park Zoo can be exciting, they can quickly become overcrowded and lose their appeal.

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Living in Illinois has its pros and cons. If you're going to live here these little annoyances may be something to embrace- the good, laugh at the bad, and the ugly.

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