The major cities of the region are, well, Chicago — period. None of the outlying cities remotely approach the size of this mammoth metropolis. But that's not to say that Chicagoland doesn't include other cities; other large ones include:
Cook County, where Chicago is located, is the largest county in Illinois and the second-largest in the United States (after California's L.A. County). With more than 5 million residents, its population is larger than that of most U.S. states; a little more than half of them live in the central city, with the rest in a chain of suburbs that surrounds Chicago on the north, west and south sides.
Evanston, the first city north of Chicago along the lake, is home to Northwestern University. Other communities along Cook County's affluent North Shore are Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe, with towns like Morton Grove and Glenview further inland.
Lake County, in the northeast corner of the state, was once largely rural but has become increasingly suburban in recent years. Its largest city, Waukegan, is also the county seat. Its southeast is part of Chicago's affluent North Shore, including Highland Park and Lake Forest, one of the wealthiest communities in the state. Other Lake County towns include Libertyville, Gurnee, Buffalo Grove, Fox Lake and Long Grove.
Will County lies south of Cook and DuPage; its largest city and county seat is Joliet.
- The Chicago Tribune  ("The Trib") is the Chicago area's biggest daily, and publishes a suburban edition.
- The Daily Herald  is a large daily newspaper aimed primarily at the suburbs.
- The Northwest Herald.
- O'Hare International Airport, one of the largest and busiest in the world, is located in the northwest Chicagoland area.
- Midway Airport is a smaller airport on the South Side of Chicago.
- Dupage County Airport a "designated reliever airport" for O'Hare and an increasingly popular destination. http://www.dupageairport.com/.
Chicagoland is served by numerous Amtrak routes.
In addition to an extensive highway system, Chicagoland is served by Metra's 12 rail lines and by Chicago's CTA, which reaches some of the nearer suburbs.
- The Baha'i Temple, a cultural and architectural wonder in Wilmette.
- The beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
- Frank Lloyd Wright House and several houses designed by the architect in Oak Park.
- The Kohl's Children's Museum in Glenview.
- The McDonald's #1 Store Museum in Des Plaines.
- The splendid Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
- Chain o' Lakes State Park in Spring Grove.
- Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside.
- The Joliet Correctional Facility, Illinois' most notorious prison, in Joliet.
- The Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield.
- The Forest Preserve District of Cook County  is responsible for the numerous open spaces ("forest preserves") around the county. These preserves range from heavily used parks with extensive roads and well-developed picnic areas, to relatively isolated expanses of land that are only really accessible on foot (or cross-country skis in winter).
- The Pickwick in Park Ridge is one of the true grand movie palaces remaining in the Chicagoland area.
- Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.
- The Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park.
- The Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee.
- The Empress and Harrah's casinos in Joliet.
- The Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet
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