Many fourth grade classroom motivational posters have noted that knowledge is power. If you want be powerful in Chicago, without bribing any city officials, then you had better develop some valuable street smarts. Any seasoned local should possess these 17 critical life skills.
Navigate the city by numbers
If you hear “2400 north” and don’t think “Fullerton” or “800 west” and don’t think “Halsted,” you’re doing it wrong. If you’re a badass, you can name every street radiating out from 0-0 (State & Madison) on multiples of 200.
At some point in your 20s when you have time for such things, your friends will want to join a Euchre league on Tuesday nights at some bar you’ve been frequenting way too much already. And nobody wants to be left out of weeknight drinking, right? REMEMBER THAT THE JACKS CHANGE DEPENDING ON THE TRUMP!
Play bags without looking stupid
First off, only weirdos from Ohio call it “cornhole.” Second, the proper form is underhand with just a hint of frisbee-style rotation. Aim for the front of the board. Never put your beer down. Never.
Believe it or not, that “T” formation really DID thrill the nation back in the day. Also, if you’re at Soldier Field, the whole “there’s a timeout” -- “WHERE?!” -- “on the field” -- “OH...” game never stops being funny.