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Cities in Illinois

Cities in Illinois Nicknamed ‘The Prairie State’, Illinois is located in the Midwestern United States. The state is known for productive prairies, antebellum architecture, and diverse cultures. Known as the…


Cities in Illinois

Cities in Illinois

Nicknamed ‘The Prairie State’, Illinois is located in the Midwestern United States. The state is known for productive prairies, antebellum architecture, and diverse cultures.

Known as the ‘Windy City’, Chicago shines like a beacon along the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Be it Hyde Park, Navy Pier, or Chicago Loop, the city has a fair share of attractions that can rival New York or Los Angeles.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum lies in the state capital, Springfield. Also called ‘The River city’, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. The city of Aurora is divided into three regions: West Side, East Side, and Fox Valley. Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan are other major cities in Illinois.

Getting In and Around

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is among the busiest airports in the world whereas, Midway International Airport (MDW) provides a secondary gateway. Texas Eagle, Lake Shore Limited, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, and Empire Builder are some of the Amtrak trains serving the state. Interstate Highways (I-57, I-55, I-74, I-72, and I-80) and U.S. Highways (US 45, US 51, US 66, and US 24) create a dense road network.

List of Cities in Illinois

City Name County Population
Chicago Cook 2,695,598
Aurora Kane 197,899
Rockford Winnebago 152,871
Joliet Will 147,433
Naperville DuPage 141,853
Springfield Sangamon 116,250
Peoria Peoria 115,007
Elgin Kane 108,188
Waukegan Lake 89,078
Cicero Cook 83,891
Champaign Champaign 81,055
Bloomington McLean 44,189
Decatur Macon 76,122
Arlington Heights Cook 75,101
Evanston Cook 74,486
Des Plaines Cook 58,364
Berwyn Cook 56,657
Wheaton DuPage 52,894
Belleville St. Clair County 44,478
Elmhurst DuPage 44,121
De Kalb De Kalb 43,862
Moline RockIsland 43,483
Urbana Champaign 41,250
Crystal Lake McHenry 40,743
Quincy Adams 40,633
Rock Island RockIsland 39,018
Park Ridge Cook 37,480
Calumet City Cook 37,042
Pekin Tazewell 34,094
Danville Vermilion 33,027
St. Charles St. Charles 32,974
North Chicago Lake 32,574
Galesburg Knox 32,195
Chicago Heights Cook 30,276
Granite City Madison 29,849
Highland Park Lake 29,763
Burbank Cook 28,925
O’Fallon StClair 28,281
Oak Forest Cook 27,962
Alton Madison 27,865
Kankakee Kankakee 27,537
West Chicago DuPage 27,086
East St. Louis St. Clair County 27,006
McHenry McHenry 26,992
Batavia Kane 26,045
Carbondale Jackson 25,902
Freeport Stephenson 25,638
Belvidere Boone 25,585
Collinsville Madison 25,579
Harvey Cook 25,282
Lockport Will 24,839
Woodstock McHenry 24,770
Zion Lake 24,413
Edwardsville Madison 24,293
Rolling Meadows Cook 24,099
Loves Park Winnebago 23,996
Blue Island Cook 23,706
East Peoria Tazewell 23,402
Darien DuPage 22,086
Park Forest Will 21,975
Charleston Coles 21,838
Geneva Kane 21,495
East Moline RockIsland 21,302
Crest Hill Will 20,837
Jacksonville Morgan 19,446
Lake Forest Lake 19,375
Macomb McDonough 19,288
Ottawa LaSalle 18,768
Mattoon Coles 18,555
Sycamore DeKalb 17,519
Palos Hills Cook 17,484
Marion Williamson 17,193
Fairview Heights St. Clair 17,078
Yorkville Kendall 16,921
Country Club Hills Cook 16,541
Prospect Heights Cook 16,256
Dixon Lee 15,733
Sterling Whiteside 15,370
Mount Vernon Jefferson 15,277
Washington Tazewell 15,134
Normal McLean 52,497

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