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I haved wonder many many times, what is Illinois's second city.

Sometimes I think its Rockford, Peoria, or Springfield. Others I think of E. St. Louis because its on the other side of the river of a Major US city.

One thing is certain that I never think as Suburbs of Chicago are 2nd city.

SO I decided to make this thread on what do you think is Illinois's 2nd City..... :)

Feel Free to post pics.

Population don't matter...

I hope everyone know what is Illinois's first city is...
 

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Evanston is awesome....and it would be very interesting to see what it would have looked like if Chicago didn't exist. I mean imagine a BIG 10 university city on a beach.

Butttt...as it is...Chicago dominates, and although Evanston tries to maintain its own thing.....fighting a tidal wave is tough.

So my vote goes to the only city in Illinois that was Socialist for decades. Rockford.
 

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Aurora- I think Aurora and Naperville are collectively the same thing except with a difference in price range for homes, so they should be combined.
Naperville - Above
Other Chicago's suburb - Doubt it
Springfield - Never. Really, Springfield is meh. While the other cities might have more strip malls than buildings, Springfield just reminds me of a rotting city with the Hilton building and such. Kinda like that one city that Bart and friends go to with the large tower and glass ball on top.
Rockford - Probably the most likely along with Aurora/Naperville.
Peoria - Not really.
East St. Louis - Not really.
 

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Evanston isn't Illinois's second city, but among cities, it may very well be Illinois's second best downtown. I think you can make a pretty compelling argument to this point. What other city outside of the windy one would you find the degree of quality high rise residential construction going on. Downtown Evanston is acquiring a level of sophistication and cricitcal mass that downstate cities and other Chicagoland suburbs would have difficulty matching.
 

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edsg25 said:
Evanston isn't Illinois's second city, but among cities, it may very well be Illinois's second best downtown. I think you can make a pretty compelling argument to this point. What other city outside of the windy one would you find the degree of quality high rise residential construction going on. Downtown Evanston is acquiring a level of sophistication and cricitcal mass that downstate cities and other Chicagoland suburbs would have difficulty matching.
I agree. And I think you could ask the question this way: "If you couldn't live in Chicago, what is the next city you would want to live in." My first choice would be Evanston. I think many others would agree...at least those of us living in Chicago.

It easily has the second best downtown. It may not be the "second city" per se, but it certainly is my second favorite city if that makes sense.
 

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edsg25 said:
Evanston isn't Illinois's second city, but among cities, it may very well be Illinois's second best downtown. I think you can make a pretty compelling argument to this point. What other city outside of the windy one would you find the degree of quality high rise residential construction going on. Downtown Evanston is acquiring a level of sophistication and cricitcal mass that downstate cities and other Chicagoland suburbs would have difficulty matching.
Well hopefully, Rockford will join Evanston in terms of new high-rises. Right now there are only a couple 10-15 story buildings.

I agree Evanston has a more vibrant downtown, but the "footprint"s of Rockford and Peoria's downtown are larger. Evanston is constrained by the lake, mansions and a university, nice constraints though.
 
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