Biggest Cities in Illinois

Try to name the most populous cities in Illinois by city proper population.
Source: 2022 U.S. Census estimates
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: May 22, 2023
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First submittedDecember 18, 2012
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Arlington Heights
Des Plaines
Level 57
Jul 23, 2013
I live in Naperville and I could only remember 7, but I do recognize around 6 others names on the list.
Level 75
Jul 7, 2014
My college roommate was from Palatine, and I still didn't get it. Face smack.
Level 70
Mar 26, 2015
Grew up in Illinois, forgot about Aurora...almost a "name the suburbs of Chicago" quiz.
Level 68
Aug 27, 2016
lmao got 2 (Chicago and Springfield) and I scored better than 20.2% of people to take this quiz
Level 60
Jan 8, 2017
got 11/20 and I live in the windy city!
Level 74
Jun 5, 2017
never heard of Orland Park. Now I'm gonna go google it.
Level 83
Jun 7, 2017
Can you name the 20 biggest cities in Illinois?

Not at all ... stopped at two.

Level 60
Jun 28, 2023
I was hoping I'd at least get 1 point.
Level 89
Jun 24, 2018
Name the 6 biggest cities in Illinois away from Chicago.
Level 86
Dec 14, 2018
Glad to see that Chicago is at 100%. Would have been a little worried otherwise.
Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Random rant... I love Illinois, but I'm not very optimistic about its prospects. Decades of too-generous deals with public service unions are causing huge problems. The state currently spends 25% of its revenue on pensions - a number that is increasing rapidly. People are fleeing the state due to high taxes which only increases the tax burden on those that remain. Many retirees leave to establish residence in Florida - dodging both winter weather and high taxes. My unsolicited advice? Reduce taxes and hasten the inevitable bankruptcy in order to start the rebuilding process as soon as possible. Illinois still has tremendous human capital but it won't for long if it continues its current policies.
Level 75
May 29, 2019
Well put, QM.
Level 73
May 31, 2019
Grew up in IL. Went to U of I in Champaign. My son went to Northwestern in Evanston. He even still lives/works in Chicago. I know IL. The corruption in government there is so deep, so endemic - I just don't know if it can be rooted out. There really isn't a tax problem, or a lack of earnings/wealth to tax. Agreed the state would go bankrupt - but there is no provision in the law/tax code for a state to do so. States are considered to be sovereign, and therefore can tax their way to health. I don't I agree with that conceptually, and I'm pretty sure we're going to find out how it will work in the Land of Lincoln. I live in New Jersey now - some say it's like IL but just a little earlier. I tend to disagree, but how IL manages its current/chronic fiscal crisis will set a pattern that other states will have to follow. The state is nearing the death spiral, as tax increases will inevitably accelerate the inevitable day of reckoning - totally agree there!
Level 67
Jun 1, 2019
I have lived in Chicago for seven years. I have never loved anywhere more, but I too read and hear constantly about the pension crisis. I have no reason to doubt it, but I also must note that businesses and high-earning residents are pouring into the city. There are new high-end condos being built on every corner, it seems. Economics has never been my bailiwick, but I am often perplexed at how the state can at once be in such dire straits and at the same time attract so many competitive businesses and workers. Well at least we have a totally inexperienced and untested governor coming in to figure it all out. That's comforting.
Level ∞
Jun 1, 2019
Chicago definitely seemed to be vibrant and thriving when I visited last summer. Certainly there is a strong market for $14 cocktails inside the Loop. But the state as a whole has lost 200,000 residents since the 2010 census.
Level 52
Jun 1, 2019
Only got Cicero thanks to Better Call Saul.
Level 62
May 6, 2021
...Not even Chicago?
Level 75
Apr 17, 2024
That's the only reason carrow got it
Level 82
Jun 1, 2019
The airport in Champaign is the smallest airport I've ever flown out of. 1 small runway, 2 gates, no traffic, almost zero security. Hard to believe that tiny hamlet would feature on the quiz at all much less in the first column, but no wonder this was so hard. Steep drop-off after the first answer.
Level 43
Jun 3, 2019
Have you been to Springfields airport. it's not much bigger. I think the only reason they keep it open is for politicians. It will cost you $150 to fly into it from St Louis (2hr drive) or Chicago (2.5 hr drive).
Level 60
Jun 28, 2023
Now the drop-off is after the 2nd, Springfield.
Level 73
Jun 4, 2019
Only got 2 Chicago because it's obvious and Aurora because of Wayne's World. probably should have guessed Springfield since there seems to be one in every state.
Level 85
Feb 19, 2021
...and in this particular case, it's the capital!
Level 88
Jun 13, 2019
Boo, I typed champagne instead of the correct spelling :(
Level 76
Aug 7, 2019
I honestly forget a lot of the ones in Cook county are different cities and not parts of Chicago/smaller suburbs
Level 43
Aug 23, 2019
80% of these are dumps. I live in Evanston, one of the few that's not dumpy
Level 32
Oct 22, 2020
What a very Evanston-y perspective.
Level 69
Jun 25, 2020
Level 85
Oct 29, 2020
Got Skokie. Thanks, Kaizer Soze.
Level 35
Nov 28, 2020
Finished the quiz with 2:17 left. I'm not even from the Americas!
Level 45
Jan 2, 2021
How many of these are in northern Illinois? Just saying. Chicago, Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Rockford, Bolingbrook.
Level 65
Apr 19, 2021
All of them, LOL
Level 73
Jun 28, 2023
There's Chicagoland and there's downstate. That's it. No north/south. Just two areas defined by one city.
Level 67
Jun 28, 2023
If you die fearing God, and painfully employed. No, you will not go to heaven. You'll go to Champaign, Illinois.
Level 61
Jul 7, 2023
Or if you're less lucky you can enjoy the abysmal town of Normal.
Level 35
Apr 23, 2024
I know that song
Level 35
Dec 14, 2023
20/20! Being from Arlington Hts, I know the northern suburbs better.