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5 reasons for breaking up with someone that only make sense in Chicago

Written by
Laura Vecchia

We all know that Chicago is a great city for dating, but it can still be a huge pain to try and make it work out with a significant other. Some traits that are palatable in other cities can easily become deal-breakers here. If you've ever tried to make it work with a suburbanite or a Packers fan, you'll know what we mean.

1. They live in Schaumburg: Chicagoland is an expansive area with plenty of wonderful suburbs that seem relatively close to the city. But after an hour-plus commute, you’ll have a better relationship with your vehicle or Metra conductor than you will with your suitor.

2. They make fun of your accent: Any non-native Chicagoan making fun of how we pronounce certain words is recipe for disaster. If your significant other gives you flack for accenting your A’s or turning your th's to D's, there's no shame in showing them the door.

3. They refuse to go out during the winter: Anyone who uses the excuse "it’s too cold out" will be forever alone in Chicago. Also, if they make fun of you for your long puffy coat, two scarves and thick boots, tell them to move to California. Comfort trumps style for us.

4. They root for any non-Chicago sports team: It's hard to understand how Packers fans find a significant other in Chicago. While our sports teams aren't the best, they're still a huge part of our civic pride. 

5. They don’t appreciate Chicago's iconic food: Hot dogs, deep dish and Italian beefs are staples for every Chicagoan. We have tons of other food options to be proud of, but if your date insists on putting ketchup on their hotdogs, thinks that deep dish is ‘too much’ or prefers Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, then you should send them packing.

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