If You Order Cake Shakes from Portillo's...You Might be an Illinoisan

We've got the scientifically-proven (wink, wink) 12 ways to know that you're an Illinoisan.

So you're an Illinoisan. Or you at least claim to be, based on your driver's license or mailing address. But are you really a tried and true son or daughter of the Land of Lincoln?

You are if any of the 12 statements on our "12 ways you know from Illinois" list apply to you. Go on and check them out! Then feel free to let us know if there are any more ways someone would know they're from Illinois.


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Mickey February 27, 2014 at 08:10 AM
#1 Dairy Queen is open all year round on Weber #3 it is Bag o S### #6 ???? Never heard of that!! #9 it's ILL-ANNOY (annoying illness) #11 ?? Must be a Chit-Cargo thing
P-Ville Lifer February 27, 2014 at 09:12 AM
When you cross the state line and see "Welcome to Illinois" and hit a pot hole big enough to knock your front end aligment all to hell.
Droncz87 February 27, 2014 at 09:14 AM
#8 Cake Shake...Portillos Portillos is only local to CHICAGO-LAND not the entire state. I have friends that live downstate that have NEVER heard of portillos, admititdly they don't get out that often, but still. It isn't "An Illinois Thing" vs "Chicago"
Mickey February 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM
So true P-Ville and Droncz. Actually, there are Portillos in California, Arizona, and Indiana. http://www.portillos.com/portillos/locations/
Herc February 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM
High prices for cheap food!
Ireland February 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Would someone explain #11? I don't understand … might be due to the lack of caffeine.
Lenny Kravitz February 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Ex Jolietian February 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM
You know you're from Illinois if: The retired teacher that lives next door to you makes more in retirement than you ever made in your working career.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 05:23 PM
you know you're from Illinois if the guy next to you in the voting line is a skeleton with a plot number at a local cemetery.


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