We welcome you to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing website. When visiting us, in the future, we hope you will explore our beautiful landmark city and all it has to offer.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with a population of 2.7 million people. It is globally recognized as a multicultural city that thrives on the harmony and diversity of its neighborhoods. It embodies the values of America's heartland - integrity, hard work and the social fabric of its 77 distinct community areas.
The City of Chicago sits on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, the 5th largest body of fresh water in the world. It is traversed by the rivers, Chicago and Calumet, and has extensive parklands with an estimated 86 million visitors annually.
Chicago is a thriving center of international trade and commerce, a leader in reforming public schools, enhancing public safety and security initiatives, providing affordable housing in attractive and economically sound communities, ensuring accessibility for all and fostering, social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Chicago is home to...
- 237 square miles of land
- An estimated 2,695,598 residents
- 77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods
- 26 miles of lakefront
- In the metropolitan area, there are 32 universities, 15 graduate schools, 22 colleges granting bachelor’s degrees or above, 15 community colleges, 7 city colleges and 6 specialized schools.
- Dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums
- More than 200 theaters
- Nearly 200 art galleries
- More than 7,300 restaurants
- 15 miles of bathing beaches
- 36 annual parades
- 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths
- 552 parks
Did you know...
- Nearly 40 million people visit Chicago annually.
- Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837.
- Chicago’s nicknames include: The Windy City, the Second City, the City of Big Shoulders, and The City That Works.
- The area comprising Chicago (land) is the 22nd largest metropolitan area in the world, consisting of nearly 10 million people from three states – Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
- Chicago’s downtown area is known as “The Loop” and the nickname refers to the area encircled by the elevated (‘L’) train tracks.
- Home to the 44th United States President Barack Obama.
- In 1900, when residents were threatened by waterborne illnesses from sewage flowing into Lake Michigan, they completed a massive, highly innovative engineering project reversing the flow of the Chicago River so that it emptied into the Mississippi River instead of Lake Michigan.
- The "Historic Route 66" begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- In 1884, the nation’s first skyscraper, the 10-story, steel-framed Home Insurance Building, was built at LaSalle and Adams streets and demolished in 1931.
- The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 110 stories high and 1,450 feet, is the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and its elevators are among the fastest in the world operating as fast as 1,600 feet per minute.
- Four states, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin are visible from Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower.
- The first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, ushering in the Atomic Age, took place at the University of Chicago in 1942.
- Chicago is home to eleven Fortune 500 companies, while the rest of the metropolitan area hosts an additional 21 Fortune 500 companies.
- McCormick Place, Chicago’s premier convention center, offers the largest amount of exhibition space in North America at 2.2 million square feet.
- The Ferris wheel, made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original.
- The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest and most extensive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world.
- Chicago was one of the first and the country’s largest municipality to require public art as part of the renovation or construction of municipal buildings, with the passage of the Percentage-for-Arts Ordinance in 1978.
- The Chicago Cultural Center is the first free municipal cultural center in the U.S. and home to the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome.
- When opened in 1991, the Harold Washington Library Center had approximately 6.5 million books and was the world’s largest municipal library.
- The first televised candidates’ debate for the U.S. presidency was broadcast from Chicago’s CBS Studios on September 26, 1960, between John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Milhous Nixon.
- The Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest public zoo in the U.S., has an estimated annual attendance of three million people, and is one of the country’s three major free zoos.
- The first Democratic National Convention televised coast-to-coast was held in 1952 at Chicago’s International Amphitheater. (The first televised Democratic National Convention, in 1948, only reached viewers in the Northeast.)
- Carol Moseley Braun became the country’s first female African-American U.S. Senator in 1992.
- The late Mayor Richard J. Daley and former Mayor Richard M. Daley became the first father-son team to head the United States Conference of Mayors in 1996.
- The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day in celebration of its Irish heritage.
- The Adler Planetarium became the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere in 1930.
- Chicago was the birthplace of:
- mail-order retailing (Sears and Montgomery Ward)
- the nation’s first blood bank (Cook County Hospital)
- the car radio (Motorola)
- the TV remote control (Zenith)
- the drive-up bank
- 16-inch softball, which is played without a glove
- the refrigerated rail car (Swift)
- Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1949.
- Maria Callas made her U.S. debut at the Lyric Opera in 1954.