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25 Struggles People Who Grew Up In The Chicago Suburbs Will Understand

"I'm actually from Skokie." "Oh."

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1. When you have to tell people you're from Chicago because it's too hard to explain what "Schaumburg" is.

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Chicago may have the Magnificent Mile, but we have Woodfield Mall. *hair flip*

2. When you never made it to the city in a reasonable amount of time because the Metra was ALWAYS delayed.

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Never have you wanted to murder a voice so badly.

3. When you checked the paper for hard-hitting journalism and found stories like this instead.

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4. When you graduated and realized you don't get Casimir Pulaski Day off anymore.

A huge s/o to Mr. Casimir Pulaski for letting me sleep in on the first Monday of March for the last 12 years #casimirpulaskiday

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5. When your brain space was squandered on memorizing not one, but TWO carpeting phone numbers.

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Hands up if you know what the key tones for "5862" sound like.

6. When you realized you were too old to enjoy being serenaded by these ghouls at Enchanted Castle.

Thankfully the Jammin' Jesters live on in your nightmares.

7. When you wanted to rebel but you couldn't shake your Midwestern politeness.

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8. When you were just trying to watch television and the human equivalent of Ambien came on.

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He's also boring in Spanish.

9. When the best Christmas shopping was located at an OUTDOOR MALL. IN CHICAGO. IN DECEMBER.

Seriously Oak Brook Mall, can we get a roof and some space heaters in here?
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Seriously Oak Brook Mall, can we get a roof and some space heaters in here?

10. When you and your mom couldn't agree on a radio station after Oldies 104.3 became Jack FM.

Chicago's Oldies 104.3 WJMK really molded me into the person I am today.

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Chicago's Oldies 104.3 WJMK really molded me into the person I am today.

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11. When you basically guaranteed yourself an early heart attack by hitting up Portillo's every weekend.

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Coronary artery disease never tasted so good.

12. When you didn't understand why you couldn't attend this fine institution in Oak Brook.

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This seems a lot better than COD or Wheaton College.

13. When the Brookfield Zoo started pulling this shit.

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People come to this zoo to be one with the animals, not for this pale imitation of Jurassic Park.

14. When you wasted way too much time wondering whether Romeoville and Joliet were named intentionally.

There's been some research on this.
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There's been some research on this.

15. When you have to find alternate methods of transportation during a blizzard because school still isn't canceled for some reason.

You know it's winter when you see a guy on skis in the middle of the street #blizzardof2015 #Chicagosuburbs

16. When the local wildlife turned against you.

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17. When you have to go all the way out to Gurnee now if you want to relive this slice of your childhood.

The fact this ride is now at Six Flags made me so darn happy #Kiddieland

18. When your fun trip to see the Home Alone house in Winnetka was ruined by the crushing realization that you could never afford a house here.

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On the plus side, you won't have to worry about bumbling burglars in Darien, maybe?

19. When you had to say good-bye to these clouds...

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20. ...and hello to these.

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In a 10-minute span. And yet you never got to see a tornado.

21. When your relationship may as well have been long distance because you lived in Hoffman Estates and your boo lived in Lisle.

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And then you broke up and settled for a dude who's band played at the Elk Grove Village Pavilion.

22. When you wanted to show your out of town relatives the natural wonders of the suburbs, but all you had was this three-foot waterfall.

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It's amazing how the ground is slightly lower here.

23. When your suburb embarrassed you by trying to add culture and ended up just stealing from other cities.

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Because really, who can tell the difference between Niles and Pisa? Oh wait, literally everyone.

24. When you did everything there was to do in downtown Naperville in one afternoon so you had to find other ways to entertain yourself.

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Ever tried riding the wheel at Graue Mill?

25. When you finally moved to the city and realized the 'burbs were the best place to grow up.

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