If you're a longtime resident of Illinois, just a short-time visitor, or anything in between, here are some important things that you should know about the state so you don't look bad.

5 Important Things To Know About Illinois

I have lived in Illinois all my life. I grew up in the Chicago area, I went to college in the central part of the state, and Rockford has been my home for many years. I like to think of myself as an Illinois expert.

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I understand that Illinois is far from a perfect place. The residents complain about it a lot. At the same time, there is pride for our state too. If you don't these important facts about this place some people will take it personally.

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I don't want you to get stuck in an awkward situation like that, so I'm here to help you. I'm going to share some facts about Illinois that everyone should know, especially if you live here. Even visitors can get a leg by having this knowledge.

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5 Things Illinois Residents And Visitors Should Know About Our State

# 1 Ketchup is a big no-no on hot dogs. If you like it on your dog, don't tell anyone, and do it in the privacy of your own home.

# 2 The stadium where the Chicago Bears play is not plural. It's just Soldier Field. Please never add an "s" to Soldier, it's not Soldiers Field.

# 3 When someone says take LSD, they don't mean drugs. They are talking about the road Lake Shore Drive. LSD is just the nickname of that street.

# 4 The capital of Illinois is not Chicago. It's actually Springfield located in central Illinois.

# 5 Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Please never mention the name LeBron James to Bulls fans.

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