As a dang near lifelong Rockfordian, it's easy to tell I love this place and take pride in my hometown. One thing I like is meeting people that have relocated here and, most times, I can tell immediately if you're not actually from the 815. Here are eight easy clues to look for:

  • 1

    They ask, "What's A Beef-A-Roo?"

    That's an offensive question.

    Jeremy Fallis via Facebook
  • 2

    They don't understand sock monkeys.

    They originated in Rockford. Just accept them and love them.

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  • 3

    They say the Rockford Speedway is too loud.

    It's not... you're just not from the 815. Also, we ARE aware that it's actually located in Loves Park.

    Facebook via Rockford Speedway
  • 4

    They say "Ji-row" instead of "yee-row."

    People all over the country eat gyro's but if you're from the 815 you say "yee-row."

  • 5

    They don't know Rick Nielsen Lives In Rockford

    Spend more time at Woodman's or look for him zooming around in his smart car. You'll spot him eventually.

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  • 6

    They think Rockford Speedway is in Rockford.

    It's not, it's in Loves Park.

    Facebook via Rockford Speedway
  • 7

    They ask which restaurants make great Swedish pancakes.

    There is only one and it's Stockholm Inn.

    Google Street View
  • 8

    They don't remember a working Clock Tower.

    It's not an easy punchline, it's a fact.

    Google Street View
  • 9

    They tell people they live in Chicago.

    No, you live in the 815. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    Google Maps