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15 things Chicagoans should give up for Lent

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Time Out Chicago editors

Have you noticed fish sandwiches being prominently advertised at your favorite Chicago restaurants? Yes, Lent season is here, the time of year when some people attempt to improve their lives by giving up something they enjoy for six weeks. We've come up with a few things we could all stand to (maybe) give up during Lent this year.

Drinking on weeknights. Okay, maybe drinking excessively on weeknights.

Farting on the El. Save it for the bathroom, folks.

Ubers and cabs. It really wouldn't kill us to walk a few blocks to the train or bus.

Hoping for Jay Cutler to stop being an asshole. It's never gonna happen.

5am bars on Saturday nights. Or the Owl. We could all just give up the Owl.

Shopping anywhere that isn’t local. We have so many great boutiques. Why are we constantly going to Target? 

Giving up hope on Rahm Emanuel. You already have.

Your clothes for the Polar Plunge. If you're going in, you should go all the way.

The sign on the Trump Tower. Let's take it down, once and for all.

Complaining about the weather. We (mostly) got off easy this year.

Chicago Cubs prophesying. Let's not jinx it. Just let it happen.

Chicago flag tattoos. If you already have one you can keep it, but surely we can come up with another symbol of civic pride.

Staying in our neighborhoods. There's a whole city to see out there, you guys! Let us help. Here are our guides to Andersonville, River North, Pilsen, and West Loop.

Carbs. That includes deep-dish, hot dogs and Italian beefs.

Derrick Rose. He's not getting better. It's time to come to terms with it.

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