Everyone from the region is Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Socks and/or Cubs fans. People from the region LOVE Chicago sports and are DISGUSTED by the thought of rooting for the Indianapolis Colts or Pacers.
There are many advantages for kids from the region who attend state-colleges such as Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State University, or IUPUI. Region kids are blessed with the double advantage of being able to mingle with prissy rich kids from Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, yet have more “street credibility” than anyone else in Indiana. If you are from the region, kids from Fort Wayne and Indianapolis are automatically jealous of you because you come from far bigger metropolitan area and are more culturally equipped to make friends with out-of-state kids from Chicago, New York, New England, and Southern California. If you are from the region, all out-of-state kids who attend Indiana state-colleges are automatically jealous of you because you possess the FULL FLEDGED RIGHT to say you are from Chicago, yet you pay in-state tuition.
Arlington Heights Kid: Where you from?
Highland Kid: Chicago
Arlington Heights Kid: Oh yeah me too, where near Chicago?
Highland Kid: The Region
Arlington Heights Kid: What? Wait, that’s in Indiana, you can’t say you from Chicago.
Highland Kid: Look motherfucker, if the Chicago Tribune says I’m from Chicago, I’m from Chicago!
Indianapolis Kid to Region Kid at Purdue University
Region Kid: I’m a Chicago Bears fan
Indianapolis Kid: How could be a Bears fan? You’re from Indiana!
Region Kid: Look Motherfucker, I’m from the Region! I live 35 min away from down town Chicago, but 3 hours away from Indianapolis. Why the fuck would I root for the Colts!?
Non-'Regionites' are characterized by the ignorant belief that all of da Region is a gang-infested wasteland a la Mad Max or Escape from New York / LA (of the three, the last two can be seen as a degredative insult).
syn: da region
Me: 'North-west Indiana, near Chicago.'
You: 'Oh, the region!?'
You: 'Ever been (mugged / raped / shot-at / deported) in Gary?'
Me: 'No, I'm from the Region, not Warsaw!'
The three counties are notably different from the rest of Indiana and more in line with neighboring Chicago in terms of economy, culture, politics and association - even a time zone (the region is on Central Standard, while most of the rest of Indiana observes Eastern Standard).
The region is part of the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
A: He's clearly from "the region."