People from Illinois sure love to talk about the reasons why Illinois can stink sometimes. We point to the bad weather, incompetent people in Springfield, crime, etc. But our opinions about Illinois really change once we leave. Hey, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Here are 10 things people miss the most about Illinois once they leave.
1. Nice People
The vast majority of people in Illinois are nice Midwestern folk, and while you take that for granted living here, that's not the case across the country. So when someone smiles at you, smile back!
You don't know how many people make Portillo's their first stop when they come back to Illinois to visit. And the Portillo's cravings are unreal.
3. Snow Days
Sure, snow causes bad traffic and other headaches, but there's nothing like a fresh blanketing of snow, particularly around the holidays.
Boy, if you've been remotely awake these last couple months, you've appreciated how awesome this season has been. Illinois looks gorgeous this time of year.
5. Casimir Pulaski Day
Do we know much more about Mr. Pulaski than he was Polish and that we get a day off of school because of him? Probably not.
6. People Eat Hot Dogs Incorrectly
Seriously, not only do people put KETCHUP on hot dogs, but they also enjoy it. What is wrong with you people?!
7. Six Flags Great America
Who doesn't have awesome family memories around a trip to Six Flags? This place was awesome, and you will definitely miss it.
8. Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan was about the only reason I could navigate Chicago, because I always knew it was to the east. Beyond being a great directional tool, it is also gorgeous to look out over.
9. Illinois Sports
Seriously, are there more intense fans of sports than people from Illinois? Lose a game, and the sports radio hosts are ready to fire everyone on the team. It's a roller coaster of emotions and I absolutely love it.
Yeah, right now you whiz by them down the road, not paying them any mind. But consider getting up early one morning and seeing the sun rise over one of them. It's beautiful. It's Illinois.
Did you move away from Illinois ever? What did you miss the most? Let us know in the comments.