Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has twelve biology schools within its city limits. Loyola University Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with a biology program, has a total student population of 15,879. It is the 144th highest ranked school in the USA and the 3rd highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about biology programs in Chicago, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of biology professors at Loyola University Chicago such as Priscila Andrade, Alona Banai, Richard Barbiero, Malcolm Barth, Ian Boussy, and Matthew Bozovsky.
Biology students from Chicago schools who go on to become biologists, marine biologists, wildlife biologists, molecular biologists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 29,630 people working as biological scientists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $69,430. Also, Zoologists and wildlife biologists make on average $60,670 per year and there are about 17,460 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 12 biology schools in Chicago, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Loyola University Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($27,955/yr) for biology students, with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest, reported at only $8,828/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|