Illinois, the “Land of Lincoln”, located in the Midwest, is the 5th most populous state in the nation. With expansive land and a diverse economy, the state is a major transportation hub for the entire nation. The area in and around Chicago, the capital dubbed “The Windy City”, holds the state’s largest population. The majority of Illinois has hot, humid summers and very cold winters (full of high wind speeds). While it may not be the ideal retirement environment for some, there will always be those that love cold cities, and for those people, Illinois has a great offering!