Contrary to popular belief, simply living in the 606 doesn’t make you a true Chicagoan. To be a citizen in good standing, you must abide by a certain code of ethics and denounce various unsavory behaviors. Ketchup on a hot dog? Meh, who honestly cares? These are 21 far more fatal errors.
Admit to ordering pizza from a chain restaurant
We all have our moments when we just want really crappy pizza. Is this a self-loathing thing? We’re not sure. What we do know is this: no self-respecting Chicagoan actually admits to eating pizza from a national chain. “That Papa John’s box sitting on the counter? Oh, yeah... um, that’s my roommate’s. So gross!”
Drag out the Chicago vs New York debate
It’s already been proven that Chicago is superior to New York. At this point, it’s just cruel to keep reminding them that we have better pizza and hot dogs. And architecture. And cleanliness. And we can actually afford to live alone. And... OK, we’ll stop.
Refer to Chicago as anything but its proper name
This includes, but is not limited to: Chi-Town, the Windy City, or the worst offender, Chi-Raq. All of those nicknames are horrible, and so are you.