Public Policy & Administration

About Illinois and Chicago

Enjoy Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people and outstanding world-famous museums, attractions, restaurants, and cultural institutions.

Illinois is the 5th most populous state and the 25th largest state by land area. Chicago is the state's largest population center.


A few things about Chicago...

  • ...hosted the 2012 NATO Summit, the first time the gathering of more than 50 heads of state has been held in the United States outside of Washington DC.
  • ...it is home to 400 major corporate headquarters, including Boeing, Walgreens Boots Alliance, McDonalds, Discover Financial and Abbott Laboratories.
  • ...hosts internationally acclaimed events including the James Beard Awards and the NFL Draft – their first appearances outside of New York City.
  • ...it is home to more than 200 museums, more than 1,000 art galleries and 22 Michelin-star restaurants.

And that's not all...

  • Henry Bienen, President Emeritus of Northwestern University serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
  • The Chicago-London City Data Alliance was established to build a shared vision of a data and technology-driven government in 2016. In 2014, Chicago hosted the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
  • One in five Chicago residents are foreign born of Chicago’s population is foreign born (compared to 37% of New York and London’s populations). 
  • More than 100 ethnic chambers of commerce and 85 consulates and consuls general, including China, India, Australia and Indonesia.
  • City residents speak over 100 languages and two international airports provide nonstop service to nearly every major international airport.
  • Chicago ranks #7 in AT Kearney’s 2016 global city index and #9 in the Brookings Institution’s 2016 “Redefining Global Cities” report.
Explore Chicago and experience the city's rich diverse culture. Here's just a sample of things to do:

Explore Northwestern's campus

Attend a Chicago Neighborhood Festival

Take a trip to The Art Institute

Attend a Cubs Game at Wrigley Field

Visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo

Second City Improv Comedy