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Old 11-08-2021, 10:46 AM
Location: Tri-Cities
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Originally Posted by Sunbiz1 View Post
What constitutes a metro area?.
Cuz' I can assure everyone, the Dekalb and Sycamore area is turning into one; these 2 towns are booming.
There is on-going construction everywhere, and a lot more traffic.
The signs off 88 I believe refer to it as "The Greater DeKalb Region" for what it's worth. Kind of sandwiched between the burbs and Rockford.
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Old 11-27-2021, 01:48 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I was born and raised in Bloomington, IL, the last time I visited several years ago it looked pretty bad, but Normal looked amazing due to ISU. I got a degree from the U of IL in Urbana and lived there from 1974-2013. It's an OK place to live and has a lot to offer re: some decent restaurants, art, music, theater etc. The Krannert Center is pretty amazing, nothing like it in many cities. It's only two hours from Chicago, so if you can afford hotels or have a place to stay there, you can visit as often as your budget allows. Sometimes (depending on traffic) it takes longer to drive from Chicago suburbs to the city than from Champaign. Having spent most of my life in IL, I spent time in Peoria, Springfield, St.Louis etc. St. Louis is a nice place to visit as are the other cities, but I wouldn't live there. My vote goes to Chanpaign-Urbana unless you want to live in a Chicago suburb. Property taxes are less in many of them, they are very high in C-U and surrounding areas.
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Old 12-02-2021, 11:02 AM
Location: Bellevue
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Originally Posted by FoxValleyTrotter View Post
Here is a fun and rather controversial topic for Illinois natives (or people that just know about the state). Outside of Chicagoland, there are many metro areas that are very distinct and culturally distant from Chicago. Only around 3 million people live outside of the Chicagoland Area and 9 million live inside it. These metro areas outside of Chicago include places like Rockford, Peoria, Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, Greater St. Louis Area, etc.
If you did want to include the suburban areas Kane county DuPage county Lake county can be distinct from downtown Chicago. That said, the part of Cook county in the land beyond O'Hare is also different. The south counties get short shrift in this discussion.
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