Whether they speak or walk, Chicagoans old and new share the mannerisms they’ve learned while living in the city in a viral Reddit thread that highlights the idiosyncrasies of the Windy City.
Thread posted on Chicago-based subreddit r/chicagoasked users, “What habits/mannerisms have you picked up since living in Chicago?”
The responses showed the bravado, the grit, and the kindness that people in Chicago observe one another on a daily basis.
One commentator spoke of the casual kindness seen in Chicago people compared to other parts of the country.
“I have lived here for 10 years, lived here for 2 years, and just moved here. expectations.
Friends living in other parts of the country dashed this hope. Thank you for being generally competent and polite,” said one commenter.
Another commenter agreed, saying that even if it doesn’t feel like the best, his approach to interacting with Chicagoans always feels genuine.
“I know people aren’t pretending to be kind to me. They aren’t trying to hide that they’re genuinely kind or not interested in being in a bad mood or being friendly. It’s just polite. Hypocrisy that turns unpleasant after even the slightest negative event is common in other parts of this country, and I can’t stand it.
While the US South has a reputation for hospitality, another commenter noted that Chicago’s hospitality is alive and well.
“Growing up in the South, we used to joke that if someone invited you to dinner, you had to do it three times before they realized what it meant… Here they mean it.
Part of that treat is the spread of fried chicken, Italian beef and most accioli for large gatherings.
“When I go to events outside of Chicago (weddings, graduations, get-togethers, etc.) I get a little sad or depressed, but I don’t have Italian beef, fried chicken, or moss accoli. Growing up, that’s the main reason. I just realized it’s about Chicago,” read the comment.
The hustle and bustle of walking from block to block in Chicago is now lost to residents, including those who may not have known how fast they were walking.
One commented, “I’m walking really fast now (laughs), but I’ve never thought about it before,” and there were replies that reflected their emotions.
“My mother came to visit me a few weeks ago and was annoyed at how slow she was walking, especially in a crowded area.”
Other commentators talked about the city’s linguistic quirks, staunchly endorsed gym shoes in favor of tennis shoes and sneakers, acknowledged that “ope” had entered their vocabulary, and proudly criticized the way paczki was pronounced. I admit that I know
One commenter presented a summary of common beliefs and behaviors of Chicagoans over a lifetime.
- No, yes means yes and yes means no.I didn’t realize this was the obvious Chicago way to say it.
- When you say “welp” at any gathering, everyone immediately understands that it’s time to leave.
- Strange changes in weather can be explained by saying, “Lake effect, am I right?”
- To Chicagoans, anything south of Kankakee is “southern Illinois,” which is not geographically correct.
- El means subway and train means commuter train.
- As soon as you live within the city limits, you’ll feel an overwhelming urge to correct people in Westmont or Des Plaines who say they’re from Chicago.
In language every Chicago citizen can understand, one commenter put it simply:
“7-7-3, 2-0-2” refers to the iconic Luna jingle that has been a staple on Chicago-area airwaves for decades.
Many commentators are proud of what sets Chicago apart from other major American cities and preserves Chicago’s unique dialect, cuisine, and culture.