Illinois is geographically vast and richly diverse. It is dominated by rural areas but is also home to Chicago, the third most populous city in the nation. Considered to be one of the great cities in the world; Chicago has dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums, over 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, 15 miles of bathing beaches, 552 parks and 36 annual parades (cityofchicago.org). Illinois also has much to offer in its rural regions.
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