The Chicago Blizzard of 2011 was a major winter storm that impacted the Great Plains, Midwest, primarily Chicago, and the NE between January 31 – February 2, 2011. Over 20 inches of snow fell in Chicago, making it the 3rd largest blizzard ever on record behind the Blizzard of 1967 and the Blizzard of 1999. Chicago Public Schools were closed for the first time since the Blizzard of 1999 for two days in a row. Most schools in the area were off February 2 and February 3, and some schools are also closed February 4. During the brunt of the storm, motorists on Chicago's famous Lake Shore Drive became trapped and had to abandon their cars and walk to downtown in blizzard conditions. By February 2nd, almost all roads in Chicagoland were impassable, and Lake County, the county north of Chicago, issued a civil emergency message which stated driving was illegal until 5 PM February 2. Most people were snowed in until midday February 3, however. O'Hare cancelled all flight on February 1 and February 2. In Peoria, IL, winds were so strong that they knocked over a snow plow. The effects of the storm were far-reaching, as many four-lane roads were only down to two lanes for an undefined period after the storm.
The Chicago Blizzard of 2011 was a momentous occasion for younger adults. They will tell it to their children much the same their parents told them the story of the Blizzard of 1967 and 1999.
Freeport is a decent sized town in NW Illinois, just west of Rockford. The town refers to itself as "the pretzel capital of the world" even though the only pretzels you can buy there are at the 24 hour Walmart. It's high school mascot is even a pretzel. Freeport has many problems. For example, the most exciting thing to do is to see all of the crap that goes on in the dilapidating town. STDs, prostitution, and teen pregnancy are a major problem. This is partly do to the fact that everyone is bored over there, so they just have sex with anyone they can find. However, Freeport does have an interesting part in history: A Lincoln-Douglas debate took place there.
Guy 1: I'm moving to Freeport.
Guy 2: Watch out for those STDs!
St. Anne School is a private Catholic school in Barrington. It is considered to be one of the "big three" - the three schools that are allowed to Barrington Middle School dances. Since St. Anne is private, anyone can join - there's no district. This becomes a problem when you have the richer kids spitting on the faces (hypothetically) of middle class kids from surrounding towns like Palatine. The teachers try to be neutral, but teachers there usually prefer kids of their own class themselves. This is more prominent in the lower grades. St. Anne is a K-8 school, and there have been instances where 6' 8th grades trample 4' 1st graders. Overall, St. Anne is a blend of the other schools in Barrington and surrounding areas.
Girl from St. Anne School Barrington: Hey you guys wanna go to the gymnastic center this Friday?
Girl 2: Nah, I'm having a party on my boat Friday.
Guy from St. Anne School Barrington: I think I'm just gonna watch the sports game Friday...