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Chicago. Downtown neighborhoods such as the Loop and the
Magnificent Mile; nearby parts of town such as the Near North, Near
South, Near West.
2. The Neighborhoods.
Edgewater, Uptown, Lakeview, Ravenswood, Lincoln Park, Albany Park,
Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town, The Pilsen, Little
Village, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Englewood, Gresham, etc.
Communities. Places just inside or just outside Chicago,
on its fringes, such as Evanston, Rogers Park, Sauganash, Skokie,
Edison Park, Austin, Oak Park, Garfield Ridge, Cicero, Oak Lawn,
Blue Island, Calumet City, Hegewisch, etc. Airports Midway and O'Hare.
Industrial parks in Chicago and Indiana.
4. The Suburbs.
North Shore suburbs such as Wilmette, Winnetka, Highland Park; Northwest
suburbs such as Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Palatine; Western
Suburbs such as River Forest, Berwyn, Brookfield, Hinsdale; South
Suburbs such as Oak Forest and Harvey.
5. Far Suburbs.
Suburbs a bit farther out such as Lake Bluff, Libertyville and Bolingbrook;
commercial hubs such as Schaumburg and Naperville; forest preserves
such as Timber Ridge; towns in Northwestern Indiana including Hammond,
Munster, and Highland; industrial parks such as North Chicago and
6. Gateway Cities.
Cities just at the edge of the Chicagoland spread such as Gary,
Joliet, Aurora, Elgin, Crystal Lake, McHenry and Waukegan
7. Outside Ring.
The mixed-use areas just beyond Chicagoland comprising agriculture,
villages, some industry, and many recreational opportunities such
as those found at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Starved
Rock State Park, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, and Illinois Beach State
8. Far Cities.
Major settlements along the thoroughfares into and out of the greater
Chicagoland region, including Michigan City, Kankakee, Peru, Rockford,
Elkhorn, and Kenosha.
Places. There are many exciting regions adjacent to or within
easy traveling distance of greater Chicagoland, including Door County,
Milwaukee, Madison, and the Dells in Wisconsin; Bloomington-Normal,
Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Quad Cities in Illinois and
Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana; and
Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids in Michigan as well as Michigan's western