In 1673 Jacques Marquette, and Louis Joliet were the first Europeans to visit the state of Illinois. It is the most populous and diverse state in the midwest. Illinois' climate varies due to its mid-continental placement. Most of the summers are hot and humid, however the winters can range from cool to cold. There are about fifty-one thunderstorms a year, making it vulnerable to tornadoes. Illinois is known for producing soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs, wheat, and dairy products. It ranks second in corn production.
Illinois holds the largest presidential library in the country, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
, located in Springfield. Other popular museums include: the Field Museum of Natural History, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Visitors will find many events to keep themselves and their family entertained. The Gurnee Mills Mall is a great place for shopping. The mall takes up 326 acres of land with more than two-hundred stores. It also has a 20-screen cinema easily accessible by shoppers.
The University of Chicago is ranked number eight in the top one-hundred universities in the United States. Northwestern University is number twelve, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked number forty. There are a total of forty-nine public community colleges in the state of Illinois. For more information on these schools visit our business directory