You know you’re a Chicago mom when … you can’t resist reading this list. Curious? Read on.

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1. Your baby has more Bears apparel than the actual team members do.

signs-sports Photo: Rachelle Stoller

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2. You began debating private versus public schools and learned the meaning of magnet, cluster and charter when your child was in utero. 

nettelhorstPhoto: The Nettelhorst School 

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3. You’ve spotted Giuliana and Bill at your pediatrician’s office.

Giuliana & Bill - Season 6 Photo: Style

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4. The Starbucks baristas know each of your kids by name but they still can’t get your drink right.

starbucksPhoto: Flickr by Nicola since 1972

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5. Running through the fountain at Millennium Park counts as bath time.

Millennium ParkPhoto: Illinois Office of Tourism 

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6. You don’t pack your kiddo’s winter clothing away until May … just in case.

winter-clothes Photo: Flickr by Jean Pinchot 

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7. You follow “Storybook Mom” Nili Yelin around town, groupie style.

nili-yelin Photo: Nili Yelin

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8. Even your three-year-old knows the Cubs have no chance this season, but he’s still hopeful.

chicago-cubs-kids Photo: Chicago Cubs

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9. Thankfully you’ve never needed them in an emergency, but you’ve spent a considerable amount of time hanging out at the fire department.

chicago-firehouses Photo: Denise Sikorski 

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10. You’ve won something at a Bump Club & Beyond event.

bump-club-win Photo: TK Photography / Courtesy of Bump Club & Beyond

 

11. Your kid’s back-to-school photos have city dumpsters in the background.

dumpster Photo: Kelly Aiglon 

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12. The word “MamaTribe” means something to you.

mama-tribePhoto: Flickr by Martin Sinko

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13. You signed up for the daycare wait list as soon as two pink lines appeared.

pink-lines Photo: Flickr by Daquella Manera 

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14. Your preschooler has taken more music, art and dance classes in three years than you have in your lifetime.

bucktown-music1 Photo: Bucktown Music

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15. You’ve skipped dinner in favor of a shared sundae at Margie’s Candies.

margiesPhoto: Margie’s Candies 

 

16. School playgrounds count as backyards if you live in a four-block radius.

schoolplayground Photo: Flickr by WSilver 

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17. Winters are so cold, you believe this could actually happen.

christmas-storyPhoto: “A Christmas Story” Facebook page

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18. Your child had noise-canceling headphones for Lollapalooza and Pitchfork before he could walk.

headphones Photo: Margaret Hardigan

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19. You skip your Bar Method class because you figure you’ve toned your biceps just by dragging your stroller up the stairs to your front door.

stroller Photo: Flickr by David 23 

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20. Your kids are almost as excited about the new Target on Division Street as you are — but even they are concerned about the traffic flow.

targetPhoto: Brittany Y on Yelp

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21. Your car is sprinkled with goldfish, Cheerios and Pay Box parking receipts.

goldfishPhoto: Jacqui Boland

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What do you think is a sign of being a Chicago mom? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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— Written by Joanna Aaron, Tabitha Green, Selena Kohng, Samantha Lande, Heidi Moore & Kelly Aiglon

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Psst … “Giuliana & Bill” airs on Tuesday nights at 9/8c on Style

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