Things You Miss When You Move From Chicago

10 Things You Miss When You Move From Chicago-land

There's no place like home, especially when home was Sweet Home Chicago.


It's never a bad thing to get away from your hometown and explore the world around you. You may not always be happy staying where you were born and raised, and that's okay! There's always going to be something you'll miss about home though. For me, apparently, I miss a lot of the food.

1. Affy Tapple


One of the best things about the hot, humid summer ending were all the Affy Tapple fundraisers starting. You would run home, and beg your parents for money to buy enough to last you all September and October. There may be other taffy apples out there but none will ever compare the those in the yellow and red packaging.

2. Pizza

Whether you are Team Gino's, Giordano's, or Uno's there is one that that every Chicagoan can agree on, and that's the fact that we have the best pizza. Sorry New Yorkers, you still lose. When you leave Chicago it's almost impossible to find a place that serves deep dish done right, and it leaves an empty hole in your soul. On the bright side, Giordano's seems to be expanding, and Gino's will ship you a frozen pie for you to bake at home!

3. Meijer

Now, for you Target lovers (myself included) there are very few stores that can compete with that unconditional love we possess for Target. However, Meijer can. It has a Starbucks, the groceries are cheap, the clothes are cute and cheap, and you can buy anything from paint and hardware to a gluten free bread and other baked goods. It has everything. Literally, everything. Plus, the makeup sales are to die for. Also, Meijer's are so big you could spend a lot of time just roaming around killing time in the middle of the night because most of them are open twenty-four hours!

4. The colors of fall

Another sign that fall is on its way, and the suffocating humidity of a Chicago summer is leaving, are the beautiful colors that take over nature. There's yellows, reds, and purples in the trees. The corn fields turn tan and brown. Walking on trails during this time of year are refreshing and relaxing, and put you right in the mood to watch some Hocus Pocus and drink warm apple cider.

5. Snow days! 

My childhood street on a snow day


As a child there was nothing more exciting than getting that phone call from your school telling you that school was closed for the day because of the amount of snow that came down overnight. Time to put on your snowpants and snow boots, waddle down the street to meet up with your friends and play around all day. We would sled, make snowmen and snow angels, and of course have snowball fights that would end up with someone being tackled into the snow. When it was time to come in there would be hot chocolate and holiday movies while curled up under a big blanket. Unfortunately by the next day all of the streets would be cleared and it's back to school!

6. Chicken

In the Chicagoland, like pizza, there are a few Chicken restaurants that seem to be everyone's favorite. Harold's, Sharks, they all serve BOMB chicken and fries, and of course, mild sauce. If you don't know what mild sauce is, it's okay. Most of us don't either. Just know it's good. Don't follow Kim K's lead and forget to get some. You'll regret it terribly.

7. The architecture downtown

Downtown has many "must see" sights, but a majority of them you can see just from walking around. Taking a walk down Michigan Avenue or looking behind you when relaxing on the beach can do just the trick. If you have the feeling that you need to see more, there's always the Architecture tour down the Chicago River. It's heartbreaking to know that such a huge part of the city was burned in the Great Chicago Fire, but they did not disappoint with what came afterward. From the gargoyles and the archways, someone who doesn't know a thing about architecture (me) can still know that these buildings look beautiful.

8. Sports

Chicago is home to some of the best sports fans in the world. The whole city centers itself around the world of sports and it's teams. There's a Blackhawks Store on Michigan Ave, and when the Crosstown Classic is happening there isn't a TV in any sports bar that isn't playing it. Chicago Sports is home to some of the biggest legends across all leagues like Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, and Stan Mikita. Jersey's are everywhere, game days are packed, and there's nothing like the whole city celebrating when one of our teams wins.

9. St Patrick's Day

I don't know any other city that dyes their river green... If you can't make it to Ireland for St Patty's Day then you can easily settle for Chicago. The whole Chicago area get's together for the occasion. It isn't only on March 17th though. The South Side Irish Parade kicks off a week before, preparing Chicagoans for a whole week of celebrating with their lads and lassies. Being Irish in Chicago is pretty great.

10. The relief when winter leaves...and summer leaves

The extreme weather in Chicago is a little...much. But there is something magical about that week between Winter and Spring Summer and between Summer and Fall Winter. For just a short amount of time we can pretend that we go through normal seasons, and weather conditions. When it gets warmer we break out the sundresses. When the leaves start to change and that chill comes in the air we throw on the booties. Every other time of the year we want to be buried in clothes or naked so we have to enjoy what we can get.

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1. They shop at Goodwill mostly... low maintenance you could say?

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2. They are pretty awesome at talking to parents... opening days have given good practice for them. Give them 15 minutes and they will become best friends with your parents.

3. Their best friends actually are long you can wait a while to meet their besties who will want to know everything about you and make sure your intentions are good.

4. They have learned how to look decently presentable without showering for a week... maybe may or may not like this one.

5. They are always down for adventure... sure let's hike for eight miles uphill in the middle of the week!

6. They know what it is like to be woken up at 2 a.m. because someone wet their bed... mom training.

7. They also know how to give the "modest is hottest" talk to the teenage campers... and will help give you a classy future daughter.

8. Building fires is their hidden talent... if you ever get stuck on a deserted island with them they can help you.

9. Animal shirts are a common clothing item... they know how to have fun.

10. They throw killer dance parties... ones your grandma would approve of.

11. They are used to being publicly embarrassed for others (their campers') enjoyment... and usually can take a joke or prank well.

12. They also know how to prank you back... summer camp prepares you for awesome prank wars.

13. If you want to see her with no makeup on just look at her camp photos... natural beauty?

14. They actually love children... they chose to spend a whole summer loving other people's kids; imagine how awesome they will treat their own.

15. Chances are they are a really fun person and will bring out your inner child... yes, climb that random tree and paint your face because it is Wednesday.

16. Their "real job" will come later in life... they will end up being successful. Most employers love to hire former counselors, so it is not a waste of a summer.

17. They know how to hide their favorites in life really well... so if they choose to date you they are basically saying you are their favorite and that is a big deal to them.

18. They have learned how to eat unhealthy food every day for a whole summer and stay in shape... or try to at least.

19. They also are obviously not a diva when it comes to material needs...they went a whole summer without even air conditioning and never complained.

20. If they love you anything like they love their campers your needs will always be put first...they are some of the most selfless people you will ever meet.

21. They love God, living for Him, and have already made a difference in many children's lives... they are the real MVPS.

If you are still looking for a place to work this summer and love adventure, Jesus, and children, apply for Camp Crestridge for Girls; they still have many positions available. I'll be there so you should too!

If you are a boy apply for Camp Ridgecrest for Boys!

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You've Heard Of 'How To Be Single,' But Let's Talk About 'How To Be Romantic'

For some of us, it takes work to be cutesy and romantic.


Okay, I'm probably the least romantic person anyone has ever met. Not to say that I'm a bad girlfriend or that I'm not caring. I just find love in simple things like knowing what to order for them at restaurants, doing their laundry, planning unique dates, or cooking for them. It's not that I'm opposed to being arduous, I've just never been a chocolate and flowers kind of girl. I'm more of a Mongolian hot pot and "let's walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!" kind of girl. I appreciate some effort, tailoring something to fit a person's idiosyncratic personality or general spontaneity, not how flowery something looks. Not saying that I'm not feminine, I'm just my own entity, so to speak, and that translates into my love life. Needless to say, I thought I should learn how the other half lives, so I've challenged myself to take a course on being a classic/hopeless romantic just to understand how others think and who knows I might change some of my habits!

1. Leave notes

I think it's a really cute and simple idea that I will try to do because it makes everything very personal.

2. Write them a poem

I've had this done for me but I've never actually done it, because believe it or not, I didn't like to read or write poems up until this year.

3. Cuddling

Okay, so I'm not a cuddler, I have no idea why — it's more or less a personal space and attachment issue, I guess. I love hugs though! I guess I just have to be in the mood to cuddle and at times I can be. Other times it just makes me nervous.

4. Dedicate a song to them on the radio

It seems like the people on the radio that do this are crazy in love and honestly, to be able to have the ability to go on the radio and just declare your love for someone else is really inspiring.

5. Surprise them!

I personally cannot stand surprises, but I love to surprise other people and just be spontaneous, so I sort of do this already.

6. Carve your names into a tree

I've thought about doing this, but I've never got around to it, so I promise one day I will.

7. Go see a romantic movie

Nope, nope, I'll barf! Not happening, strictly horror movies for this girl, sorry!

8. Make them a care package

See, this makes me think a lot about what really defines romantic, because I do this all the time, but I don't consider it romantic, I just think it's sweet.

9. Take a walk on the beach together

I've done this, but I have to be doing this while looking for seashells or I feel like I'll be bored.

10. Make a CD for them


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