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1. Bean, The: This has become the popular name for Millenium Park's famed stainless steel sculpture, "Cloud Gate." It was comple...
2. Weiner's Circle, The: Classic hot dog place where employees will trash talk customers and vice versa  
3. Chicago River: 156 miles long, it runs through the entirety of downtown Chicago with 45 bridges spanning its diameter. Every St. ...
4. Magnificent Mile : The portion of North Michigan Avenue in Chicago which extends from the border of the Chicago Loop and the Near Nort...  
5. Wet or dry?: Question from an Italian beef vendor about whether you would like it dipped in the juice or not.  
6. Water Tower: Tall granite tower located in Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Its historical significance lies in its surviving the Gr...
7. Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable: Often known as the founder or "the father" of Chicago, du Sable was the first known settler to the area now known a...  
8. Harvard on the Hill: The playful nickname for Illinois Central College on the bluff in East Peoria.  
9. Stealing High Point Drive: A common teenage joke. Youngsters enjoy consistently stealing the hanging sign on the entrance of the expensive Hi...  
10. i's into e's: A joke that one can always tell who’s really from Peoria, and who wasn’t born here, as Peorians have a tendency to ...  
11. Play in Peoria: A phrase referring to Peoria’s reputation as a famous test market because of its representation of the diversity of...  
12. Big Yellow: Refers to Caterpillar, the farm and construction machinery company that has a headquarters in Peoria.  
13. Suit Guy: Vincent is a guy who strolls around on State Street with colorful suits. He'll often do a spin or some sort of move...  
14. Red Sea: The student section at Bradley baseketball games, formerly known as "Monlin Army Reserves".  
15. Bags: Bags, also known as bean bag toss, is a nickname for Cornhole, a game originating in Ohio. The game requires two b...  
 
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"The Big House" is the nickname for Michigan Stadium, where the University of Michigan Wolverines football team plays its home games. The Big House gets its name for its gigantic size and even more impressive attendance. Attendance often eclipses 110,000, even though the published capacity is a few thousand less.

The native Rhode Islanders' reference to the hordes of tourists from Massachusetts who swarm their beaches each summer.

Refers to a well-known Seattle landmark. Located in the neighborhood of Fremont, the troll lives under the Aurora bridge and was sculpted holding a VW bug. He's carved...

The infamous NYC street vendor hot dog, generally Sabrett's brand shoved haphazardly into a soggy bun and topped with a variety of gloppy condiments. The consumption of this NYC grab-and-go staple is almost an urban rite of passage and the Manhattan version of Russian Roulette.

1. This isn't actually Spanish, and isn't pronounced as such. It's actually an old Southern word for laundromat and it's pronounced "wash-uh-TEER-ee-uh", more like how you'd say the English "cafeteria", and not in some Latin way.

2. Another name for a laundromat, taken from Houston's rich "Spanglish" vernacular.