Some of the major cities in Illinois include Chicago, Springfield, Rockford and Bloomington. Nicknamed "the heart of the Midwest," Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with a population of almost three million.
Situated on the banks of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a diverse city that is home to some of the most notable architecture in the country. It is also known for its art and music festivals, towering skyscrapers, deep-dish pizza and delicious popcorn.
Springfield is a smaller city that is popular among fans of Abraham Lincoln as his birthplace and burial place. As the state capital of Illinois, the city also plays a central part in government activities.
Bloomington is notable as the home of Illinois Wesleyan University and offers a more cultural vibe than its metropolitan neighbors.