As a Chicagoan, I say "wear it" :)
I'd say don't. / Avy http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com ♥
A DEFINITE thumbs up! I wonder if there's a Northwest Tee? Katie
Yes, wear it - especially if it is one of those super comfy well-worn soft t-shirts. They are hard to come by!
Haha i'm a chicagoan and i see that tee shirt at least twice a week. Its totally okay to wear here!
Ohioan here. I say wear it! It looks super comfy
Yes, please!Always okay. :)Eat Cake
As a proud mid-westerner I say WEAR IT! I have this "midwest is best" shirt that I ordered from Esty, and I wear it constantly!http://www.etsy.com/listing/61965722/womens-midwest-is-best-tshirt-gray-and
Concer t-shirt to the concert or I <3 NY shirt in NYC. Six of one :) But you should buy it and wear it in New York to rep your Michigan roots!
As a Minnesotan (we're midwesterners, right?), I say go for it! There is nothing wrong with a little regional pride.
Lol!! Wear it! I'm from the Midwest. People will love it. And, you still be outdressing most people in a tshirt. Haha. I mean that with LOVE!
I always have the same dilemma when deciding whether or not to pack my "Smitten with the Mitten" hoodie (http://www.michiganawesome.org/collections/hoodies/products/smitten-with-the-mitten-hoodie) on trips in Michigan.
YES!! Wear your midwest love with pride!
YES! Mid-west pride!love from Lawrence,KS
Do it. Midwest forever. (And NO, Kansas is not the South, as confusing as that was for everyone I met in Massachusetts.)
Wear it! I love it! I want one! I'd wear it every day in my midwestern hometown (STL!)
Seeing as how Chicago isn't in the Midwest, I say wear it out! Sincerely, some girl from Kansas - the actual Midwest : )
I know you grew up in Michigan and so I'm sure you'll appreciate the similarly perfect grey tee I've been sporting all summer designed by my friend Alisa. :) Hell Yeah Michigan! http://www.etsy.com/listing/99224297/medium-womens-hell-yeah-michigan-shirt
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97847568/the-great-lakes-t-shirt?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=great+lakes+shirt&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=handmadeI love this great lakes t-shirt. Have fun!
That's awesome i am also going to Chi but for me it is a quite a trip- i will be flying to the usa from amsterdam. If i will see you somewhere i will smile and wink! I wish you lots of fun in Chi!! Monika
If you love it....and you obviously do....wear it, no one will even blink. Believe me, you will be better dressed than at least 70% of the people you see.Yes, Chicago is part of the Midwest which means HUMID; be comfortable however you can be.Happy Hoosierette (native of Indiana)
Be clad, be rad, and enjoy your visit!Love,Kansas Citywww.sonbrouillondevie.blogspot.com
...AND I just bought one :)Ohioan out in Seattle- gotta show my pride
I say 'yes'! Love the T!
I say wear it for sure! Seeing someone wearing that tee would definitely make me smile in a "that's-so-awesome-she's-proud-of-her-roots" kind of way. Can't wait to hear about your trip to Chicago. XO, Alisha (born and bred Minnesotan)
Want one. Now!http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/
THANK YOU!i tried to explain the concert rule to someone recently and they did not get it. at all.
zandi, no way, that is awesome!!
Great tshirt. I'd love one with Pacific North West.
wait, chicago is in the midwest, isn't it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwestern_United_States
I have one and wear it in Kansas City!
I vote bring it :) I live in the twin cities, a place most of us love to live, and often see people in t-shirts with a st. paul or minneapolis area code design, or a "MN nice" logo or something of the like. rep your midwest pride!
Check out Wicker Park Inn on facebook. another B&B we stayed at.
my best friend diy'd that shirt for me! i love it!
As a Minnesotan I say wear it. Midwesterners are shamelessly proud of being from the Midwest. Midwest pride!
As a former NYer now Chicagoan, totally fine to wear it! Also, as the mom of a 20-month-old boy who lives in the city, you'll want to check out some free concerts for kids while you're in town. Mr. Singer (a local fave of kids) performs at the Farm at the Zoo (southern part of Lincoln Park Zoo) every Wed/Fri mornings at 9:15 am and 10 am. Also, Wiggleworms (a program at the Old Town School of Folk Music, a Chicago music school), hosts free kids concerts every day in Millennium Park at 10 am in the Family Fun Tent. Your son can mingle with the local city kids and burn off some energy!
I grew up in the midwest and agree with the fellow midwesterners' comments -- my guess is you'll see a lot of Chicago residents wearing Chicago shirts while you're there. I say wear the tee to the "concert", it's what the cool kids do in the Midwest :)
Chicago is totally Midwest - you can tell by how friendly the people are :)
As a former Mid-Westerner (KCMO holla), now Upstate New Yorker, I say wear it. But that means New Yorkers have to stop giving people a hard time who wear I<3 NY shirts!
No! It's like wearing an I <3 NY tee in NY, a Harvard sweatshirt in Cambridge, an Oxford sweater in England, and a concert tee to the concert.
Definitely wear it! We have a cute store here in Des Moines, IA called RayGun that sells t-shirts with cheeky slogans about Iowa and the Des Moines suburbs. People wear them all the time - quite popular!
Raygun also sells a shirt about Ann Arbor - I might add. Thought you might appreciate it :) http://raygunsite.com/shop/girls/t-shirts/ann-arbor
Love these. I sent you a link a few weeks ago to Michigan Mitten T-shirts my brother makes from Brooklyn (and you were kind enough to respond). But I love rocking anything mid-west/Michigan themed when I'm in other cities.
I think people will appreciate it, wear it! I want one!
As another Chicagoan, I say yes! Wearing anything else "cali" or NY related just seems out of place! You should see the "ChIllinois" So ChIll t-shirts, has a little cult following!- Andrea C.
I just impulsively bought this shirt for my husband's 30th on Thursday. Thanks Jo!! :) sshh don't tell him.
I don't get the Midwest thing either. It's not the west. I don't really care for shirts with meaningless writing on them.
As an Argentinean who would totally rock the I <3 NY t-shirt in NY, I say wear it!! ;)(Sorry for what I'm going to write now, I'm desperate!):Dear -A Cup of Jo- readers, would you please take 5 minutes to complete this survey for a Market Research course I'm taking? Thank you VERY much! :) http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=37auv1ksuwttrfn77175
andrea, i love that.
caroline, that's so true--my friend is from MN and she calls it "the state of dreams."
I grew up in MI too (live in CA now) and I'm totally buying this shirt a.s.a.p. REPRESENT!
More Midwestern pride here! On Wisconsin!
As an Iowan (transplanted to NYC) whose Boston-bread husband routinely wears his "Des Moines, Hell Yes" t-shirt in Des Moines, I say wear it. Midwesterners love Midwestern love.
As a Midwesterner (I live in Columbus, OH) I say wear it! I bet you will get tons of compliments & people asking where they can get one themselves!Have fun in Chitown, and check out Charlie Trotter's restaurant if you can -it is a Chicago institution that is sadly closing at the end of the summer! xoxohttp://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/
To Katie, there is a northwest shirt, and it is super dope! http://crisis.myshopify.com/collections/shirts
Love this- I live in the Midwest, and would love to rock this shirt! Would wear it with pride :)
This (stylish) Minnesotan says wear it! We're proud of where we're from.
Ha! The concert question still plagues me to this day. Do you?
I'm a Chicagoan and I want one now!
Hi Joanna, I was just wondering if you have any issues with promoting over-consumption? It seems like you're always promoting something here on your blog, which leads your readers to feel like they need to purchase it. I don't mean that to be rude, I just don't understand why you don't write more about other things, and give the product pushing a rest.
LOVE this t-shirt. Where can I get one?? Please tell me! Also, as a Chicago native myself, I say WEAR IT!www.ontheroxyoga.com
Love. I'm 2 hours south of Chicago in Illinois, and I want one!
Chicagoans LOVE midwestern pride :) Wear it!
it's not. we all wear them. proudly, no less.
Love the concert tee rule (and glad someone else abides by it). I had to explain to my husband when we met and we were just discussing the other day, since he feels weird wearing a Brooklyn shirt in Brooklyn. Have fun!
Wear it! While you're in the *real* midwest, take a drive up the coast to Holland or Grand Haven, MI. You will find natives and tourists wearing "Lake Michigan | Unsalted" shirts/hoodies. :) Lovely beaches, "real" downtowns, and generally happy people. Okay, back to Chicago... Shedd Aquarium is always fun, and Lincoln Park Zoo is free (yippee) with space to run and play (aka, non-stroller/backpack time for the little guy). My new favorite place to refresh is the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. A lovely hide-away from city-ness just steps from The City. Great for regrouping, thinking, and enjoying native midwest vegetation. Kudos to volunteers for working to restore this gem!Enjoy your trip!
Oh, I love all the comments of proud Mid-westerners (Personally, I'm from the Rocky Mountain region, the real west, which I'm also proud of, and it always confuses me to be mixed up with the midwest by people on the coast. Its a different time zone and very different outlook on life. One that involves a lot of cowboy hats....)Most places I've ever been to seem to have no problem "wearing the concert T to the concert" metaphorically speaking. Have fun in Chicago!
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I think every indie rock boy in the midwest has a tattoo of his state on his arm, so that's like a permanent concert t-shirt, no shame. And you're from Michigan, aren't you? Wear it proud!
The reason that the states that are called "midwest" is because from the east those states are mid way to the west. That's where the term originated from. It does seem confusing though : ).
I think it's like trying to speak a language when you travel to that country. The natives always appreciate it.
I am a Chicagoan, I own that shirt, and I wear it all the time!
I think it's fine...not like you're wearing a Chicago shirt. :) Also, as a Michigan girl myself I love your Midwest posts!!
i have this tee also. LOVE IT.
As a Clevelander here, I love this shirt!--Jennhttp://apopofstyle.blogspot.com/
Yes! Awesome, that is totally something people from the Mid West will LOVE!
I'd say no on this one but I say yes to going to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Tour in Chicago and checking out the free summer concerts in the Park at the stage designed by Frank Gehry (not sure the name but we got to see the Dirty Projectors there a couple of years ago). Also a nice city to rent bikes with Toby.Any tips for a short trip to Ann Arbor in July for a Mama with her 10 month old (how different would your Mama haunts be from your college ones?)Thanks and love the blog,Claire
Chicago people LOVE their town and we regularly wear/carry anything Chicago-y. Especially things with our city flag. Midwesterners we are, but we don't necessarily identify as such since we're urban city people (the people out in the suburbs do, though). But we also don't really care enough about fashion as a whole (Milan, this is not). So no one will really even notice your shirt unless they like it. If you really own this shirt (and it's not just an affiliate link you posted) and like it wear it with gusto, my friend.
My husband is from N. Dakota. I think I'll get this for him as a late Father's day Gift! Thanks for the idea.
Swoop bags sent me and I have to say the Mixed Metal Bangle...love bangles, cuffs and bracelets!
Oh, Jo! I love it, I do…But, I just noticed my sister wearing this shirt yesterday.I shouldn't be surprised…She is, dare I say, hyper-smitten with Cup of Jo. As in, she only seems to buy things you've featured.It seems that every time I see her she is wearing or carrying something all too familiar. I'll admit it that at first I was a little freaked out by how she has physically tried to morph into you.(yeah, that's right, you two have the same glasses…)We're talking...After she had her firstborn- months after Toby- she would constantly say "Toby has one of these!" as she picked through her diaper bag. Two years later, and she hasn't missed a beat. I had a dream once that I confided in you how worried I was with her obsession.(Hey, thanks for being super calm with the news, dream Jo!) I say all this to say, We're not from the mid-west.She has never been to the mid-west. I may have to have an intervention.
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