IL Posted in Illinois June 18, 2016 by Laura 12 Life Hacks Everyone In Illinois Really Needs To Know Living in Illinois doesn’t come with a guide (although it totally should, right?). But if you can master these life hacks, things will be so much easier for you. 1. Run a ceiling fan during the winter. Roger Mommaert/Flickr If it runs clockwise at a low speed, it will push warm air down. Simply change the direction on your fan. 2. Get used to Illinois politics. Jeff Sharp/Flickr Politicians getting arrested and going to jail? It's a part of the Illinois political system. 3. Embrace the ups and downs of Illinois sports. Jim Larrison/Flickr You will experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows--get used to it. 4. Spray Pam on your shovel. Mike Mozart/Flickr The snow won't stick to your shovel! 5. Learn that people take shoveling their spots out in Chicago seriously. meryddian/Flickr It's dog eat dog. Don't even think of moving those chairs. 6. Avoid Portillo's during lunch. Sam Howzit/Flickr Let's be real, Portillo's is packed all the time, but trying to eat here during lunch is the worst. 7. Store ice cream in Ziploc bags. Gary Seidman/Flickr It will help keep the ice cream softer. 8. Don't ever put ketchup on a hot dog. jeffreyw/Flickr That's just a cardinal sin and you will be mocked. 9. Understand that traffic stinks. justinknabb/Flickr Whether you take the bus, train, or drive, it really doesn't matter some days. 10. Always park facing east. Erik/Flickr Let the rising sun do the work for you as far as getting ice and snow off of your windshield in the morning. 11. Learn how to defend deep dish pizza. Norris Wong/Flickr People will tell you it isn't pizza and that it's gross, but you need to learn how to defend its honor. 12. Always keep kitty litter in your car. Mike Mozart/Flickr It will help get you unstuck from the winter elements. What are some other tips you have for living in Illinois?