Located in eastern north-central of the United States.

Illinois USA Location

Total Population: 12,9 Million Residents

Capital City: Springfield

Largest Cities:
Chicago: 2,695,598
Aurora: 197,899
Rockford: 152,871

Some Famous People From Illinois

Ronald Reagan - Actor And The 40th President Of The United States. Born In Tampico

Walt Disney - Founder Of The Walt Disney Company. Born In Hermosa, Chicago

Hillary Rodham Clinton - Politician From Chicago

Miles Davis - Jazz Musician From Alton

Joan Allen - Actress From Rochelle

Rock Hudson - Actor From Winnetka

Wyatt Earp - Lawman And Gambler From Monmouth

Harrison Ford - Actor From Chicago

Herbie Hancock - Jazz Musician From Chicago

Jennifer Hudson - Artist And Actress From Chicago

Quincy Jones - Musician, Arranger, Producer, Composer, And Trumpeter From Chicago

John Malkovich - Actor From Christopher

Michael Mann - Film Director From Chicago

Bill Murray - Actor And Comedian From Wilmette

Eliot Ness - American Prohibition Agent From Chicago

Kim Novak - Actress From Chicago

Michelle Obama - Wife Of The 44th President Barack Obama. Born In Chicago

Richard Pryor - Actor And Comedian From Peoria

Gary Sinise - Actor And Musician From Blue Island

Raquel Welch - Actress From Chicago

Victor Young - Composer And violinist From Chicago

Recommended Places To See In Illinois

Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum - Springfield

Oak Ridge Cemetery - Springfield

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum - Chicago

Millennium Park - Chicago

Anderson Japanese Gardens - Rockford

History Of Illinois

The first Europeans to visit Illinois were the French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673. The region was ceded to Britain after the French and Indian War. After the American Revolution, Illinois became a territory of the United States, and achieved statehood in 1818. Chicago became a booming metropolis, and even the fire of 1871 could not stunt its growth. In the second half of the 19th century the great need for workers in the mills, rail yards and slaughterhouses made Chicago a popular destination for immigrants and freed blacks. During Prohibition Chicago became synonymous with bootleg liquor and gangsters like Al Capone.

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