Chicago November 22, 2017
11 Things People ALWAYS Ask When They Know You’re From Chicago
As soon as someone who is not from Chicago finds out that you are, they ask a slew of stupid questions that are getting annoying. These inquiries only point out how much people don’t know about the city and the people who live there.
Stop making these strange assumptions and recognize that Chicago is incredibly diverse. Keep scrolling for 11 things Chicagoans hate to be asked.
1. "How's the weather?"
Don't even start. It changes every single day, so that's a hard one to answer. Crappy might be a good descriptor though.
2. "You eat a lot of deep-dish pizza?"
Just because someone lives in Chicago doesn't mean they even like deep-dish pizza. Even those that do don't necessarily get it often. It's very hearty.
3. "New York pizza sucks, right?"
This is another unfair assumption about Chicagoans. Many of us love thin crust pizza and would love to have a New York-style pizzeria in our midst.
4. "Have you been to Lollapalooza?"
Not everyone from here can afford to get into Lolla, which is the biggest barrier. Three-day passes cost more than $300, and most people do not even recognize half the bands.
5. "Do you watch Shameless?"
Chicagoans may love Chicago, but we don't need to watch TV shows and movies about ourselves.
6. "Is it dangerous?"
Due to recent media coverage of the city, it is no surprise that questions about safety arise. The easy answer is that it is safe, but there are some bad pockets you wouldn't want to be caught in alone at night.
7. "Have you been to (insert museum)?"
It's a fair assumption that a Chicago resident has been to a few museums, but not everyone is a history buff or wants to spend time waiting in line and paying money to walk around a crowd of people. No offense, but the Field Museum isn't all that interesting anyway.
8. "Cubs or Sox?"
Everyone seems to think that just because you live in the city that you love baseball. The truth is that most of us don't care, and the rest only make a decision because they are pressured to do so by such questions.
9. "Are the Cubs really cursed?"
Of course not. They just aren't good at baseball. Finally, they seemed to get their act together for a win in recent years after a 108-year losing streak, but we'll see if that happens again.
10. "Why don't you have an accent?"
Most Chicagoans actually don't have much of an accent different from the rest of the state. Every once in a while, you come across someone who uses "da" a lot, but that's about it.
11. "Which neighborhood?"
This is a question you often get from Chicagoans and out-of-towners alike. If they are familiar with the neighborhoods, it's a good thing to ask, otherwise, they're still going to be lost.
For a better idea about how Chicagoans live their lives, check out
11 reasons why Chicagoans are the best people you’ll ever meet.
What other questions do you hate getting when people find out you’re from the city? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!