It's rather simple really, there is the midwest
and then there is Chicagoland
. Neither are truely representative of each other. The name is just a term coined to refer to Chicago
and it's suburbs
alone has a general infrastructure and economy
that rivals some states and countries.
Includes the counties of: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane and McHenry in Illinois. The Kenosha and Racine Wisconsin area usually gets grouped in along with the Gary and Hammond Indiana area. Home to around 8 million people, it's America's third largest metropolitan statistical area. Cook county alone has over 5 million people, which is the second largest populated county in the U.S.