Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has seven animation schools within its city limits. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with an animation program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Animation students from Chicago schools who go on to become animation artists, animators, animation designers, game designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. Also, Multimedia artists and animators make on average $62,810 per year and there are about 28,800 of them employed in the US today.
Chicago lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary.
Of the 7 animation schools in Chicago, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($28,726/yr) for animation students, with City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College as the lowest, reported at only $5,698/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||6.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||8.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||10.0 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||12.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||13.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||16.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||17.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||17.4 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||20.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||21.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||23.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||23.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||23.8 miles|