If you were to ask anyone that knows me even the slightest bit to tell you one thing about me, 9 out of 10 times they would answer with “she’s from the south side of Chicago.” Growing up on the South Side holds a special place in my heart and is something I’m never shy about sharing. Some of the things that my friends here at school have pointed out that I do and think differently got me to think about why I do or think them differently, and I’ve come to one solid conclusion: the South Side made me this way.


In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, thousands gather to watch the annual dyeing of the Chicago River on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Here are a few of the most important:

13You’re from the South Side of ChicAHgo not ChicAWgo.

People pronouncing your name wrong is annoying, but there’s nothing worse than someone who doesn’t respect the lazy “a” that rolls right off the tongue of native Chicagoans.

SOURCEHannah Kelly