Opportunity all around
Normal is a small college town with big opportunities. It is built to feel like home, but has all the amenities of a big city including a vibrant downtown with various entertainment venues, amazing shopping centers and booming businesses.
Normal is located in the center of Illinois, just two hours from the big city of Chicago—one of America’s most popular cities. It is ranked as the No. 10 Best College Town and the No.3 Best Small City for Job-Seeking College Grads by AIER. With several large companies headquartered in the area, students will have access to several internship and employment opportunities.
Major Employers in Illinois:
- Hyatt Hotels
- John Deere
- LKQ Corporation
- Mondelez International
- R.R. Donnelley & Sons
- State Farm
Experience Midwestern charm in Normal
When you live here, you can expect to experience all the charm of a traditional Midwestern town with an extraordinary quality of life. The town is known as a biker-friendly community where you can experience annual bike races or spend time recreationally exploring more than 30 miles of the Constitution Trail. If you don’t own a bike, don’t worry. The city provides a free, local bus service so you can easily explore Bloomington-Normal with the rest of the community.
The Bloomington-Normal area has been recognized for its entertainment and art venues as well as its restaurants. During your free time, you can go watch a live performance at one of the arts studios, attend an art festival or go uptown to dine at one of the many restaurants available to you.