Illinois December 10, 2017
11 Things No Self-Respecting Illinoisan Would Ever Do
While there are many habits you inherit growing up in Illinois, there are also some things you’ll never find us doing. If you’re a self-respecting Illinoisan, you’ll turn your nose at these 11 faux pas.
Don’t get caught violating these unwritten guidelines. Read on for more information.
1. Trust the weather forecaster.
Weather conditions change so often in Illinois that it can be hard to keep up. We always know to wear layers no matter what the weather person says in case the day ends up warmer or colder than anticipated.
2. Expect a pork tenderloin to fit on the bun.
These monstrous sandwiches are a favorite throughout the Midwest. Whether your favorite is at the county fair or at your local diner, you likely know where to get one of these beauties.
3. Drive in winter without a trunk full of supplies.
No self-respecting Illinoisan would be caught dead without some necessities in the car. If you don't know the purpose of each of these items, you shouldn't be driving in the snow.
4. Buy a car without air conditioning or heat.
This goes for homes too. Again with the weather, sometimes it can be freezing cold here, while in other months, temperatures soar and humidity rises. There's no way to stay comfortable without controlled air.
5. Drive the speed limit.
Whether on the highway or a country back road, Illinoisans love to break the speed limit. You'll find speed demons zooming past you in their sports cars on the highway or in their SUVs and trucks on the unmarked ones.
6. Pronounce the "s" in Illinois.
Everyone in the country should know the proper way to pronounce our state's name, yet still many get it wrong. It's tempting to look at the word and tack that "s" sound to the end, but please refrain.
7. Neglect to clean snow off a car.
No self-respecting person should ever drive with snow covering their vehicle. While you may be able to see out of the tiny hole you've carved, vehicles behind you are getting blasted with white flurries. Do everyone a favor and get it all off before pulling out of your driveway.
8. Forget to bring layers.
The temperature in one day can change from comfortable to freezing or hot to cool very quickly in Illinois. If you're going to be out for long, it's always wise to pack a jacket or wear a tank top undershirt.
9. Turn down a hike.
Due to all the incredible forestry there is in this amazing state, Illinoisans love to hike. Weather conditions typically only allow for this activity about six or eight months out of the year, so we take advantage of every chance to explore the outdoors.
10. Panic at the first sign of a storm.
Many a storm has passed over Illinois. Sometimes they are bad, but most of the time, you just get some heavy rain, thunder, and lightning. Just keep an eye on those clouds.
11. Claim St. Louis is better than Chicago.
While those Illinoisans who live near Minnesota may not agree, there's no denying that Chicago is an amazing city that we're proud to call our own. St. Louis doesn't have views like this.
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What else would no self-respecting Illinoisan ever do? Share your thoughts with us!