I am originally from Illinois. I was born and raised there. I hated it for the most part and when I turned 19 I left (I am 32 now). I will disclose my location of here and there as a Tennessee. When I was little we used to always visit and I knew when I got older that is where I wanted to live. I love it here.
Things that I miss about Illinois. The small town atmosphere. I came from a town of about 4,000 or so. We used to have Strawberry Festivals every year in July. And other towns would have the Sweet Corn Festival. I really enjoyed things like that. I did not enjoy everyone knowing your business. But that is part of small town America anywhere you go.
I don’t miss the snow, the rude people, the terrible roads (and they do suck). Things seemed more fast paced in Illinois even small towns like Catlin. Here you still see people pull over for a funeral (yes I know it is illegal, but for crying outloud it is out of respect for the dead). And yes Illinois does get a bad rap about their drivers.
I went home last August to visit a friend in Champaign, IL. I do miss her and the kids. We were hired for the day to stand outside on one of the main roads to hand out fliers (for a bar) to the people going to the Bears game. Well that lasted all of about 10 minutes until the cop came and said that we were interfering with traffic and backing it up. Oh well they have no sense of humor there, but it was fun. Until my friend decided to give some lip to the cop and then he had to bring up the fact that he knew we didn’t have drinks in those plastic cups. You guessed it we dispersed after that. Like I said no sense of humor.
Chicago on the other hand does have more to offer and I enjoyed visiting there. I always loved going to the Cubs games and such, just one of the few good memories I have about Illinois.
Illinois is a good place for me to visit. But to live there again, never. It’s just too bland.