I'm from Illinois. NO! Not Chicago. If somebody is from Illinois, ask them where in Illinois they hail. Never ask, "Oh.. Are you from Chicago?" To people from outside of Chicago or from downstate Illinois, asking them if they're from Chicago is an insult. It might get you punched out by some downstaters. If the person is from Chicago, they'll lie to you about "how great a city it is" and "how wonderful (so******t) Mayor Daley is..." but they'll never explain why it is ALWAYS in competition for the title of "Murder Capital of the USA." Just a heads up to help you out.