Aerial view of the roundabout in Uptown Normal at night.
Rock band playing on outdoor stage.
Music performance on the lawn at Ewing Manor.
Bike share 309 parked on sidewalk.
Front of businesses on Veterans Parkway.

Uptown Normal roundabout

Rock the Block

Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor

Bike Share 309

Shopping and food on Veterans Parkway

About

This is Bloomington-Normal

We love our hometown, and so will you.

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Close to Everything

Our campus is in Normal, just a short drive from Chicago and St. Louis. Uptown Normal’s Amtrak station and Bloomington’s airport put us within a few hours of most major U.S. cities.

Distance map
Map of Midwest region of United States showing how far (measured in hours) Bloomington-Normal is from other major cities. Chicago, Illinois, 2 hours; St. Louis, Missouri, 2.5 hours; Indianapolis, Indiana, 3 hours; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 3.5 hours; Des Moines, Iowa, 4.5 hours; Louisville, Kentucky, 4.5 hours; and Detroit, Michigan, 5.5 hours.

Bloomington-Normal Quick Facts

Living in B-N

Uptown Normal

Our campus is steps away from locally owned shops, restaurants, and hotels in this thriving central business district.

Why is it called Normal?

Our hometown got its name from “Illinois State Normal University,” our old moniker. Back then, we were a teachers’ college and “normal” meant teaching.

Top Local Employers

Our students can intern at several large companies headquartered in Bloomington-Normal or nearby.

  1. State Farm*
  2. Illinois State University
  3. COUNTRY Financial*
  4. Unit 5 school district
  5. Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
  6. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  7. McLean County government
  8. Afni Inc.*
  9. District 87 school district
  10. Heritage Enterprises

*Headquartered in Bloomington-Normal

Economic Engine

Researchers find that spending by Illinois State and its employees and students directly contributes more than $550 million to the local economy.