11 Ways To Keep It Country When You Live In The Big City

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I live in Chicago. It’s a big city. Everybody knows this.

What they may or may not know is that I grew up in a town of about 2,000 people and sometimes it’s hard to stay true to those country roots when you live in one of the largest cities in the world. Maybe you’ve felt that way too, but there are a few things you can do to keep it country when you’re stuck in the city.

A kitchen with a sink and a toaster oven

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Go fishing.

Most cities are near a big source of water. Take advantage of it.

2. Hit up a country bar.

Chicago has like 10 of them so I’m sure you can find one.

3. Cook up something from home.

Nobody eats biscuits in gravy in Chicago. Sometimes I have to make them myself or find a restaurant with some good southern food. It’s totally worth it.

4. Visit a petting zoo.

My friends took me to one in college because they thought it would be funny. To be honest though, there is something about petting a goat that makes me feel right at home.

5. Keep rocking those boots.

Work, school, the club, church, the gym… wear those bad boys everywhere.

6. Check out a shooting range.

Despite what you hear on the news, there aren’t a lot of places to LEGALLY fire a gun around here. There are a few ranges kinda sorta nearby though and it’s always worth the trip.

7. Have a country party.

Get some friends over, crack some cold ones, play some cornhole and crank the country tunes.

8. Sweet tea.

Cold glass of that will make you feel right at home.

9. Windows down cruising.

Unless you live in New York City, you can probably cruise around your city with the windows down and the music up.

10. Build something.

When I’m starting to feel a little too city, I like to build my own bookcase or fix something around the apartment. It just feels good.

11. Go to a concert.

They come through your city almost every weekend. I would know.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock