Normal, Illinois

Normal is a town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town’s population was 52,497.[4] Normal is the smaller of two principal municipalities of the Bloomington–Normalmetropolitan area, and Illinois’ seventh most populous community outside the Chicago metropolitan area. Normal’s mayor is Chris Koos.

Town in Illinois, United States
Normal, Illinois

Uptown Normal, looking east on North Street, 2011

Location of Normal in McLean County, Illinois.

Normal, Illinois
Location within the state of Illinois


Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Townships Normal, Dry Grove, Towanda
Settled 1854
Founded February 1865
Incorporated February 25, 1867

  Mayor Chris Koos
  City Manager Pamela Reece

  Total 18.38 sq mi (47.62 km2)
  Land 18.30 sq mi (47.39 km2)
  Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)  0.33%

869 ft (265 m)

  Total 52,497

  Density 2,976.77/sq mi (1,149.32/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central Standard Time (USA))
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (Central Daylight Time)
Area code(s) 309
FIPS code 17-53234

The main campus of Illinois’ oldest public university, Illinois State University, a fully accredited four-year institution, is in Normal, as is Heartland Community College, a fully accredited two-year institution. There is also a satellite campus of Lincoln College, which offers associate degrees as well as four-year programs.

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Jesse W. Fell, founding citizen

The town was laid out with the name North Bloomington on June 7, 1854 by Joseph Parkinson.[5] From its founding, it was generally recognized that Jesse W. Fell was the force behind the creation of the town. He had arranged for the new railroad, which would soon become the Chicago and Alton Railroad, to pass west of Bloomington then curving to cross the Illinois Central Railroad at a point where he owned or controlled land. Most of the original town lies south of these tracks, with Beaufort Street as its northern limit, and some blocks west of the Illinois Central and north of the tracks.[6] Fell, his brothers, and associates quickly laid out many additions to the original town.

The town was renamed Normal in February 1865 and officially incorporated on February 25, 1867.[7][8] The name was taken from Illinois State Normal University, a normal school (teacher-training institution) located there. The school has since been renamed Illinois State University after becoming a general four-year university. Normal is adjacent to Bloomington, Illinois, and when mentioned together they are known as the “Twin Cities”, “Bloomington-Normal“, “BN”, or “BloNo”.

In 2007, the town council voted to name the downtown area “Uptown Normal”,[9] and, as of 2011, Uptown Normal is home to the Children’s Discovery Museum, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Hyatt Place Hotel, Uptown Station and Town Hall, and a variety of local shops and restaurants all centered around a roundabout.[10] The district is also home to the historic and non-profit Normal Theater, a restored Art Deco theater owned by the Town of Normal that runs classic and independent films.

On August 31, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a mobile home park in Normal that left three people dead and three more injured. The deceased were two women and a man, the latter being the gunman. He was then killed by Illinois State Police.[11][12]

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