Illinois January 08, 2018
11 Undeniable Habits That No Illinoisan Can Ever Unlearn
You can’t deny that there are some things about growing up in Illinois that make us a little different from everyone else. These 11 acquired habits are impossible to shake if you’re a true Illinoisan.
We’re not at all ashamed of our odd traditions and ways of life. Keep scrolling for more details.
1. Helping others
Illinoisans are great at following the golden rule. Whether your car breaks down or you need directions, there's always someone more than willing to help.
2. Giving distance in time
Of course, if you ask for directions, you might get the answer in minutes rather than miles. When asked how far up the road something is, most Illinoisans will reply with how long it takes to get there.
3. Complaining about Chicago
Though it's part of what puts us on the map, one of our many habits is digging on the Windy City. Many people forget about the rest of the state due to Chicago's influence.
4. Wearing layers
No one trusts the weatherperson here, so we always wear layers or keep hoodies and jackets stowed away. You never known when the temperature is going to drop, or if the sun is going to come out and heat everything up.
5. Stocking up at the store ahead of a big storm
Bread, milk, butter, and other staples fly off the shelves in the event of an impending storm. People get so worried about being trapped in their homes that they stock them up like bomb shelters just to be safe.
6. Expecting traffic
While many portions of the state don't experience significant traffic, there are still many cities that do. It has become one of our habits to leave extra early when heading somewhere new.
7. Denying we have accents
While the Midwest accent is considered to be the most basic accent in the country, it's still an accent. Further, people from one part of the state sometimes talk differently than other people from other portions.
8. Never taking the last piece
Illinoisans will cut a single slice of cake in half a hundred times before ever being the one to take the last piece. No one wants to seem greedy, and in the event someone didn't try any yet, there's still some left.
9. Expecting corn to be knee-high by July
Nowadays, corn exceeds this expectation exponentially, but still the phrase remains. It basically means that if the corn is nice and tall by early summer, it's going to be a good harvest.
10. Spending time outdoors
Not all states have as many cool outdoor things to do as Illinois. Our state is filled with nature preserves that feature wonders you might know are hidden here. Waterfalls, rock formations, valleys, and much more abound in this beautiful state.
11. Poking fun at our own state
We can't help it. It's in our nature to make jokes at our own expense because we don't take ourselves too seriously. Illinoisans are very realistic about the things that make us great and the things that don't, and we're able to talk about both.
Speaking of making fun of Illinois, check out
nine downright funny memes about Illinois you’ll certainly love.
What other habits do you find impossible to shake? Share your thoughts with us!
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