Question: True or false? From Bloomington-Normal, we drive up to Chicago and from Chicago, we drive down to B-N.
Answer: False. It’s the other way around. One of the highest urban areas, elevation-wise, in Illinois is Bloomington-Normal, at 869 feet above sea level. Chicago, in the meantime, is nearly 300 feet lower, at only 594 feet about sea-level. Thus, Chicagoans literally drive up to B-N. Cairo, in deep southern Illinois, by the way, is the state’s lowest point, at only 279 feet above sea level, and Charles Mound, in far northwest Illinois, the highest at 1,235 feet.