12 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Chicagoans Have Their Own Language
By Elizabeth Crozier|Published August 25, 2017
An Illinois transplant who grew up and went to school in Indiana for 22 years, Elizabeth holds a BFA in creative writing and has enjoyed traveling across the country and parts of Europe. She has visited half of the states, as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and regularly travels home to the Hoosier State to see friends and family. With more than five years of writing experience, Elizabeth’s articles have been featured on several websites, and her poetry and short stories have been published in multiple literary journals.
Every city develops its own colloquial terms, but those heard around Chicago can be puzzling at times. This list of phrases will help you translate the language of this marvelous city so you can keep up with the conversation.
Whether you’ve lived here all your life or moved in recently, there’s likely at least a term or two here you’ve never heard before. Keep reading to see if you can define all 12 terms and phrases.