View Full Version : Any Chicagoans out there?

11-14-2007, 09:30 AM
I've seen this e-mail before, but it is really funny (and relevant!) to those born in the Windy City. Ah, yes, I can hear some of my relatives now....:rofl: (and myself :teehee:) And who knew that those soggy "Chicago style" beef sandwiches were non-existent outside of the City???:pout:


1. Grachki (grach'-key): Chicagoese for "garage key" as in, "Yo, Theresa, waja do wit da grachki? Howmy supposta cut da grass if I don't git intada grach?"
2 . Sammich: Chicagoese for sandwich. When made with sausage, it's a sassage sammich; when made with shredded beef, it's an Italian Beef sammich, a local delicacy consisting of piles of spicy meat in a perilously soggy bun.
3. Da: This article is a key part of Chicago speech, as in "Da Bears" or "Da Mare" -- the latter denoting Richard M. Daley, or Richie, as he's often called.
4. Jewels: Not family heirlooms or a tender body region, but a popular name for one of the region's dominant grocery store chains. "I'm goin' to the Jewels to pick up some sassage."
5. Field's: Marshall Field, a prominent Chicago department store. Also Carson Pirie Scott, another major department store chain, is simply called " Carson 's."
6. Tree: The number between two and four. "We were lucky dat we only got tree inches of snow da udder night."
7. Over by dere: Translates to "over by there," a way of emphasizing a site presumed familiar to the listener. As in, "I got the sassage at the Jewels down on Kedzie, over by dere."
8. Kaminski Park : The mispronounced name of the ballpark where the Chicago White Sox (da Sox) play baseball. Comiskey Park was renamed U.S. Cellular Field(da Cell)
9. Frunchroom: As in, "Get outta da frunchroom wit dose muddy shoes." It's not the "parlor." It's not the "living room." In the land of the bungalow, it's the "frunchroom," a named derived, linguists believe, from "front room."
10. Use: Not the verb, but the plural pronoun 'you!' "Where use goin'?"
11. Downtown: Anywhere near The Lake, south of The Zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo) and north of Soldier Field.
12. The Lake: Lake Michigan (What other lake is there?) It's often used by local weathermen, "cooler by The Lake."
13. Braht: Short for Bratwurst. "Gimme a braht wit kraut."
14. Goes: Past or present tense of the verb "say." For example, "Den he goes, 'I like this place'!"
15. Guys: Used when addressing two or more people, regardless of each individual's gender.
16. Pop: A soft drink. Don't say "soda" in this town. "Do ya wanna canna pop?"
17. Sliders: Nickname for hamburgers from White Castle , a popular Midwestern burger chain. "Dose sliders I had last night gave me da runs."
18. The Taste: The Taste of Chicago Festival, a huge extravaganza in Grant Parkfeaturing samples of Chicagoland cuisine which takes place each year around the Fourth of July holiday.
19. "Jeetyet?": Translates to, "Did you eat yet?"
20. Winter and Construction: Punch line to the joke, "What are the two seasons in Chicago ?"
21. Cuppa Too-Tree: is Chicagoese for "a couple, two, three" which really means "a few." For example, "Hey Mike, dere any beerz left in da cooler over by dere?" "Yeh, a cuppa too-tree."
22. 588-2300: Everyone in Chicago knows this commercial jingle and the carpet company you'll get if you call that number -- Empire!
23. Junk Dror: You will usually find the 'junk drawer' in the kitchen filled to the brim with miscellaneous, but very important, junk.
24. Southern Illinois : Anything south of I-80. This is where Smothers' is from....
25. Expressways: The Interstates in the immediate Chicagoland area are usually known just by their 'name' and not their Interstate number: the Dan Ryan ("da Ryan"), the Stevenson, the Kennedy (da "Kennedy"), the Eisenhower (da "Ike"), and the Edens (just "Edens" but Da Edens" is acceptable).
26. Gym Shoes: The rest of the country may refer to them as sneakers or running shoes but Chicagoans will always call them gym shoes!

11-14-2007, 02:05 PM
LOL, yep...makes sense to me!

11-15-2007, 03:52 AM
I've lived in/near Chicago all my life... I didn't realize that some of these were practically exclusive to Chicago or the midwest. Fun to know. =)

11-19-2007, 02:04 AM
I hadn't realized it either until I moved out of the area. The language aspect is one thing to get used to, but then there's the food aspect. It's amazing to me to live in places that don't have all of the stuff I grew up on, including places that don't (gasp!) sell fresh Polish sausage, lake perch, smelt, coho, broasted chicken, or that don't make their beef sandwiches all soggy with au jus, and let's not even get into what kind of pizza you can find outside of Chicago! :ick: Then there's the lack of Chicago-style hot dogs, too.....:verysad:

11-19-2007, 05:21 PM
*sigh* Why did I read this, and see the soggy beef sandwich!!!

I am pregnant and have been craving those since the beginning, but there is no where here that sells these delicious sandwiches. If only my mom could ship one.

I miss Chicago

11-20-2007, 01:10 PM
*sigh* Why did I read this, and see the soggy beef sandwich!!!

I'm sorry to hear you're craving one. We stumbled upon a place where I live now that it owned by a man from Chicago that you can order "Chicago style" beef sandwiches from, but you have to specify that you want it all soggy; I guess the locals in the area where I live now think it's weird or something. :teehee: It is certainly comforting to have "home" food nearby. Still not having much luck finding a comparable pizza place, though.:verysad: