17 Things Only True Illinoisans Will Understand
Living in Illinois has its quirks and unique experiences. You know you're from Illinois when you know what "pop" is (it's not soda, folks). You've experienced the polar vortex firsthand and can navigate the Chicago "L" like a pro. You know that Portillo's is a must-visit restaurant and you have been to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
You've gotten lost in the cornfields at least once and know that Chicago-style pizza is the only authentic pizza. You know the difference between the Willis Tower and the Sears Tower (hint: only one of them is actually called the Willis Tower).
The Land of Lincoln is not just a nickname for the state but also appears on Illinois license plates. You've eaten a corn dog from the Illinois State Fair and know there's more to the state than just Chicago. You've experienced the frustration of construction on the Kennedy Expressway and know that Lincoln's home is in Springfield, not Chicago.
You've gone to a high school football game on a Friday night and know that the "Second City" nickname refers to Chicago being the second city in the US to have a population of over one million people (not the second city in Illinois).
You know that Chicago has its own style of hot dog, known as the "Chicago-style hot dog" (no ketchup allowed!). You know that Route 66 starts in Chicago and that the Chicago River is actually dyed green on St. Patrick's Day. You've been to a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly known as Comiskey Park and U.S. Cellular Field, for those who can't keep up with the name changes).
And last but not least, you know that "The Bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park is actually called "Cloud Gate."