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Chicago, IL Education and City Information

With an estimated population of more than 2.7 million people as of 2014, Chicago, IL, is the third largest city in the country. Chicago is home to numerous nonprofit colleges and universities, including the nationally ranked University of Chicago.

Information About Chicago, Illinois

Known as the Windy City, Chicago lies on the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, nearly destroyed by fire in 1871 and today stands as one of the most vibrant cities in the country. The city boasted an estimated 2,722,389 residents in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures.

Chicago offers a wealth of recreation and entertainment options, including more than 40 museums, various theaters and numerous restaurants, along with professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams. Residents also have access to more than 550 parks and 30 beaches. Attractions include the Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world; the Lincoln Park Zoo, which offers free admission; and the Harold Washington Library Center. O'Hare Airport, one of the world's busiest, is also located in Chicago.

Chicago Educational Opportunities

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Chicago the fourth best university in the country. Additionally, several of the university's graduate programs were ranked among the nation's top five, including economics, business, law, history, math and social work. Other well-known schools in the city include DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.

Students seeking a 2-year education can choose from seven City Colleges of Chicago campuses, including Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College and Wilbur Wright College, along with Prairie State College.

Chicago Employers

Chicago's largest industries include health services, medical technology, auto manufacturing, business services, biotechnology, and food manufacturing, among others. Employers of note include Advocate Health Care and Argonne National Laboratory, one of the Department of Energy's largest multidisciplinary research centers.


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