13. Bumping into everyone you’ve been avoiding at summer street festivals
Fact: you will probably run into your ex-boyfriend’s roommate, the snobbiest girl from high school, your chatty former coworker, and basically everyone else you hoped to never see again within the span of 15 minutes at Wicker Park Fest. Enter at your own peril.
14. Chicago bars with an inadequate number of bathroom stalls
There’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to use the bathroom and suddenly realizing that a) there’s only one toilet, and b) there are 10 wobbly women waiting in line. As if standing in line for the bathroom wasn’t bad enough, now you’re stuck waiting while Becky and her sorority sisters pile into the only bathroom as you stand outside, ready to die.
15. Two words: unsalted sidewalks
Falling on an unsalted sidewalk thanks to inappropriate footwear is basically a rite of passage. Whether you limped away with a bruised hip or just a bruised ego, you’ve probably learned a pretty important life lesson: stilettos and Chicago winters do not get along.