Illinois is a midwestern state bordering Indiana in the east and the Mississippi River in the west. Nicknamed "the Prairie State," it's marked by farmland, forests, rolling hills and wetlands. Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S, is in the northeast on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s famous for its skyscrapers, such as sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.
State Capital: Springfield.
Illinois stretches 385 miles from the north in Cairo to Wisconsin to the south. Illinois state borders Lake Michigan to the northeast, Kentucky to the southeast, Indiana to the East and Missouri to the West with Iowa in the northwest.The capital of Illinois is Springfield which is located in the west-central area of the State.
Illinois joined the union as the 21st state on 3rd December, 181. Illinois lies on the so-call "old industrial belt" and the fertile agricultural zone of the United States. The city of Chicago, one of US's most prominent cities offers a sharp contrast between the urban and urban way of living.
Due to the great geographic length of Illinois, Illinois offers both characteristics of the North and Southern regions of the US.
Rich in petroleum and coal, Illinois is one of US' top states in terms of exports and agriculture. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is one of the world's busiest and politically Illinois is known as a "swing state" where voters are unpredictable.
The Main Cities in Illinois
Below are the largest cities in the state of Illinois and the number of people inhabiting them according to the 2010 national census:
1. Chicago - 2,695,598
2. Aurora - 197,899
3. Rockford - 152,871
4. Joliet - 147,433
5. Naperville - 141,853
6. Springfield - 116,250
7. Peoria - 115,007
8. Elgin - 108,188
9. Waukegan - 89,078
10.Cicero - 83,891
Famous Landmarks in Illinois
Below are some of Illinois’s most visited landmarks:
-Although it's best known by Chicagoans as the bean, the official name of the sculpture that sits in Chicago's Millennium Park is the Cloud Gate. The 110-ton sculpture was created by artist Anish Kapoor, and attracts tourists and locals alike.
Tallest Buildings in Illinois
Below are the tallest buildings in Illinois:
-Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower is the tallest building in Chicago and all of Illinois. Build in 1975, for 25 years, it held the title of tallest building in the world. Currently, it now is just the 2nd tallest in the USA at 108 floors and 1,451 feet tall.
1. Willis Tower (108 stories; 1450 feet)
2. Trump International Hotel and Tower (98 stories; 1388 feet)
3. Aon Centre (83 stories; 1136 feet)
4. John Hancock Centre (100 stories; 1127 feet)
5. Franklin Centre (61 stories; 1007 feet)
6. Two Prudential Plaza (64 stories; 995 feet)
7. 311 South Wacker Drive (65 stories; 961 feet)
8. 900 North Michigan (66 stories; 871 feet)
9. Water Tower Place (74 stories; 860 feet)
10. Aqua (82 stories; 860 feet)
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