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12 signs that you definitely grew up in Chicago

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Time Out Chicago editors

Growing up in Chicago gives you a childhood experience that is very different from that of kids who grew up elsewhere. Sure, city natives had a pretty standard K-12 experience just like most children across the country, but there are a handful of experiences that come only with growing up in Chicago. Here are 12 of them.

1. You refer to soft drinks as pop, not soda

2. You remember watching The Bozo Show (and probably knew someone who competed on the show)

3. You grew up assuming that all politicians go to jail

4. The words "Rainbow Cone" have a completely different meaning to you

5. You still call the city's tallest building the Sears Tower

6. You know the Empire jingle by heart

7. You refuse to even entertain the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate

8. Kiddieland was your favorite place in the world growing up

9. You'd check out the holiday windows at Marshall Field's every year (not Macy's)

10. You love Portillo's, but know that Johnnie's Beef reigns supreme

11. You were super bummed when you found out that Casimir Pulaski Day isn't a nationally-observed holiday

12. You still believe that Frank Lloyd Wright was the greatest architect to ever live

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