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Old 01-20-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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And to those who live in Chicago, despise the suburbs and everything else Illinois, I say to you: get a life. And if you dont like Illinois for whatever, pack your bags and get out.
Well, I, for one, do not "despise" the suburbs and the rest of Illinois. I'm just indifferent to it.

It's just not on my radar.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:38 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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This is coming from a native Chicagoan, so take it for what it's worth:

I am neither proud or ashamed to be a native of Illinoise, but I usually say Im a native of Chicago.

In my life there seemed to be more connection to Wisconsin. My granparents had family connections there (Grandmother was born in Milwaukee) and that is where we went for vacation (northern Wisconsin)and Sunday picnics (Lake Geneva and Pell Lake) and occasional drives to the state fair (Wisconsin state fair was in Milwaukee, or really West Allis), and train rides on the Hiawatha for a day at the 'Dells.

Illinois was "out there somewhere", south of Joliet and west of the Fox River Valley, known only via Tribune sunday features on Galena and places like that. My family did travel down through Illinois, but only to visit friends of my mother in St Louis or Bloomington/Normal....back then it was the old US 66 (and partially I-55).

We never ever went down there for vacation or recreation.

The single exception being when my uncle took me and my nieces on a day trip to New Salem and Springfield to see the Abraham Lincoln things there. That was the only time I recall going into Illinois aside from passing through to St Louis or that long drive across the cornfields to Bloomington.

I recall those little town names along Route 66...Dwight, Chenoa, Pontiac, etc. I recall asking my dad about what they meant. My dad said they were Indian names. I asked what they meant in English. He said they Indian for "cow sh_t".

So, Illinois. what the old Chicago weatherman John Coleman called "the boonies". AKA "boondocks". Here be the dragons. Or, the prairie, now endless plains of corn and soybean.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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I grew up and lived in Chicago for over 30 years. I've only been south of Joliet once, Springfield and Decatur. Illinois is flat and dull. The area along the Mississippi (around Savanna) is scenic, but 165 miles from Chicago.
I've never identified with Illinois, but with Chicago.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm proud but I'm not cocky or ignorant about it. I'm more proud to be from Chicago, I don't really say Illinios. But yeah I'm proud that I was born and raised in good old windy Chicago.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Illinois is flat and dull. The area along the Mississippi (around Savanna) is scenic, but 165 miles from Chicago.
I've never identified with Illinois, but with Chicago.
Chicago is more flat than anywhere else in the state, bub.

There are many areas of the state that are hilly, too bad you never took the time to explore and get out of your shell.
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I grew up and lived in Chicago for over 30 years. I've only been south of Joliet once,
What is it like living such a sheltered life?
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Im proud to say Im from Illinois, and thats how I respond when people ask where Im from. Its usually followed with "whereabouts in Illinois are you from?" At that point Ill tell them Chicago's western suburbs, since I have bounced all over the area.

And to those who live in Chicago, despise the suburbs and everything else Illinois, I say to you: get a life. And if you dont like Illinois for whatever, pack your bags and get out.
No offense, but since you don't live in Chicago your opinion on whether you are proud of being from Illinois does not matter. The question was asked to Chicagoans only. Maybe you grew up in Chicago, I don't know. Instead, now the thread is veering off into a Downstate versus Chicago thread. I am sure there are enough of those already.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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I was raised and still live in Chicago, so I guess that's 1st for me. Me and my family have lived in an Eastern Euro enclave in the suburbs, but most people there identified with Chicago/their cities because it's where they were originally from.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I say that I am a Chicagoan. Not from IL. Especially since most people mispronounce IL anyway. Oh, and I was born and raised in Chicago...within the city limits....

When I lived there, I never went to the suburbs except to see relatives. The further I went was to Hoffman Estates, which, in that time was mostly cornfields. As a result, when I return to visit, it is like I am a true visitor when I now go to see relatives that live in the northern suburbs; I get thoroughly confused and turned around. (there is no grid...) Fortunately, people see my NC plates and are forgiving...

Sometimes, however, I will groan and say that I am not sure which state I am more embarrassed to say that I have lived in... IL for our infamous politics or SC for governors that "visit the mountains" (NOT) while in office...
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Born in Park Ridge.
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