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Get an overview of the area surrounding Heartland Community College.

About Illinois

Illinois is in the Midwest. The state* (available in PDF format, 1 page, 978 KB) represents a range of areas, with a large agricultural base of field corn, soybeans, and wheat. The central part of the state, where HCC is located, is based in the plains with flat landscape. Southern Illinois offers a warmer climate with more trees and hills, while much of Northern Illinois is concentrated around the city of Chicago and its diverse suburbs.

Chicago is world-renowned as home of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Navy Pier, blues music, and much more. Sporting teams include the Chicago White Sox (baseball), Chicago Cubs (baseball), Chicago Bulls (basketball), Chicago Bears (American football), and the Chicago Blackhawks (ice hockey). In addition to sports, there are many museums, theaters, special events, and neighborhoods diverse in ethnicity and culture to visit. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States.

Besides Bloomington-Normal, other large cities in Illinois include Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, and Springfield. Peoria is an industrial town of 113,000, about 45 minutes away from Heartland by car. The Peoria area offers entertainment and shopping experiences. Champaign-Urbana is another large city in Illinois that is only a 45-minute drive from HCC. Champaign-Urbana is similar to Bloomington-Normal, and is home to the top-ranked University of Illinois, which draws many international students. Champaign-Urbana offers a variety of entertainment, cultural events, and shopping locations. Springfield is Illinois' state capital, and is approximately a 60-minute drive from HCC. Springfield and the surrounding area are home to a variety of historical sites, many related to former president Abraham Lincoln. As the state capital, Springfield also is home to numerous governmental agencies.

About Bloomington-Normal

Heartland Community College is located in Normal, Illinois -- part of the twin cities that make up the Bloomington-Normal metro area. A vibrant community that exemplifies Midwestern values and a remarkable quality of life, Bloomington-Normal is home to a variety of outstanding hotels, unique restaurants, and exciting leisure attractions. The area also has been recognized as one of the top ten "Techiest Cities" in America, according to an article by Computerworld.com, as well as one of the "100 Best Communities For Young People" by America's Promise Alliance.

With a population of approximately 160,000, Bloomington-Normal has many ties to education. In addition to Heartland Community College, the area houses Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Lincoln College.

Some very recognized companies have headquarters in Bloomington-Normal, including State Farm Insurance Companies, Mitsubishi Motors North America, and COUNTRY Financial. Bloomington-Normal is also the home of the world-famous Beer Nuts factory. Other attractions include: A small zoo , a historic movie theater, two major hospitals, a baseball team, an arena football team, a hockey team, two shopping malls and numerous shopping plazas, a performing arts center, and a nationally recognized summer Shakespeare Festival.

For more information about the Bloomington-Normal community, visit the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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