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  1. DCEO
  2. Why Illinois

Exceptional Quality of Life

QUALITY EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE FOR FAMILIES
  • 86 Nationally Ranked Public High Schools - U.S. News & World Report 2015
  • 40 Specialized S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Elementary Schools - World Business Chicago 2015
  • Above U.S. Average High School Graduation Rate - Illinois State Board of Education
  • 71% High School Students Taking College Courses - Illinois State Board of Education 2013
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ranked Among Best Hospitals in Nation U.S. News 2015-16
  • 4 of the Top 15 Teaching Hospitals in the U.S. are in Chicago

ABUNDANT OUTDOOR AMENITIES

  • More than 120 State Parks for Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Camping & More
  • The 280,000 Acre Shawnee National Forest offers 7 Designated Wilderness Areas and 8 National Natural Landmarks
  • Over 225 Miles of Bike Lanes with 13,000 Bike Racks

A STATE FOR SPORTS

  • National Sports Dynasties: More Professional Sports Championships than any other State since 1990
  • 11 Golf Courses Ranked in Top 100 Best in U.S. within 150 Miles
  • Over 1,200 Sporting Venues from Tournaments to Olympic Time Trials

MAGNIFICENT ARTS & CULTURE

  • More than 50 Designated State Historic Sites
  • More than 500 Museums and Art Galleries
  • One of 23 U.S. UNESCO World Heritage Sites

ENDLESS NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

  • Over 600 Music Venues
  • More than 250 Music Festivals
  • More than 300 Food Festivals
  • Over 30 Film Festivals
  • Music and Comedy Legends
  • Theatre, Opera, Ballet & More

WORLD CLASS DINING & HOTELS

  • Over 1,900 Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Lodges, and Cabins
  • Over 6,000 Restaurants, from Diners and Pubs to Michelin Stars
  • 178 Craft Breweries
  • And More!
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