So without further ado, here is my list of Chicago’s unwritten rules (some inspired by the comments on a Facebook status from WBEZ Afternoon Shift producer Justin Kaufmann in relation to this article, and others drawn from my own experiences as a city-dweller):
- Let people off the train before you get on, keep your bags off the seats and move to the back of the bus before the driver has to yell at you.
- Do not talk on your phone or listen to music on full-blast while taking public transit. Everyone will hate you.
Note: The CTA voice tells us many of these things; but apparently, people do not listen to him.
- Walk with a purpose. Getting stuck behind a slow walker is the worst. Also, do not take up the whole sidewalk by linking arms with your friends. This isn’t the Yellow Brick Road.
- Look out for bikes before opening your car door.
- If you hold up your iPad to take a picture, expect another person to take a picture of you on their phone and then post it on Instagram to make fun of you.
- Never ask for ketchup on your Chicago-style hotdog.
- Pick a team. You can’t root for the White Sox and the Cubs. You must choose.
- Remember that the Original Billy Goat is hallowed ground. They will never serve fries there, so please stop complaining about it.
- Do not ask for a “tall” at an indie coffeeshop. The baristas will know that you meant “small,” but they will still judge you.
- Tip your bartenders well on the first round. They will remember you.
- If you secretly like LeBron James and the Miami Heat, do not say so in public.
- It’s called the Sears Tower.
What are some other “unwritten rules” that you believe every Chicagoan should follow?