CHICAGO — Last week it was announced the word "meh" — usually signifying indifference — was making its way into the Oxford-English Dictionary.
Normally, that news would be sort of "meh" to begin with, but in this case, the three-letter expression got its boost in popularity in large part because of its use on "The Simpsons."
And while Bart and Lisa may be part of an "MTV generation" that "feels neither highs, nor lows," — Chicago is a city that's loyal to its pop culture icons, and endlessly creative in how it shows that love.
In this instance, we find Chicago's heart beats for "The Simpsons." All you have to do is look around you.
From the Morton Salt Factory, to the Gay Pride Parade and beyond, there are countless Simpsons-themed shoutouts in the form of "graffito-tags," handmade wares and even businesses that pay homage to the still-running series.
Here's a collection of some of the coolest Easter eggs hidden around town, created in Chicago and inspired by "The Simpsons."
This was taken in Logan Square, at Milwaukee and Fullerton in 2014, as part of a rotating mural project, according to mural organizers. This particular piece was done by the Chicago Mural Kings. [Facebook/Luis Rodriguez]
A painting of "Blinky" the three-eyed fish and Simpsons creator Matt Groening's signature are seen here near Lawrence and California. [Facebook/Joy Airaudi]
At the Morton Salt Factory, 1357 N. Elston Ave., local Simpsons aficionado Neil Arsenty took this photo. [Facebook/Neil Arsenty]
Moe's Tavern, 2937 N. Milwaukee Ave., is literally named after the bar in the series. [Facebook/Moe's Tavern]
Homer Simpson mark left in the rain at Irving Park and Broadway. [Rasheeda Moore]
This Marge Simpson-inspired get-up was spotted at Sunday's Gay Pride Parade. [Facebook/Christina Perry]
Bart Simpson watching Red Eye readers. [Facebook/Neil Arsenty]
Homer Simpson mural in Logan Square. [Rasheeda Moore]
Found at a boat dock on the Chicago River at Elston near Division, Bart Simpson does not want you smoking, man. [Facebook/Neil Arsenty]
Homemade Homer was purchased at a pop up craft festival and was created by artist Mikey Anderson of Yarnies By Mikey. [Facebook/Maggie Wagner]
Bart channeling Al Capone in Lakeview at Sheffield and Wellington. [Connor Rice]
Chicagoan Elisse La Roche snapped this photo before April's runoff election, done by artist @da_cupacabra on Instagram. [Facebook/Elisse La Roche]
Part of the Moe's Tavern exterior, complete with the classic pink Simpsons doughnut and four-fingered doughnut-grabber. [Connor Rice]
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