I'm not from that area, which is why I ask. Are there any universities near Chicago that have decent physics graduate programs? I know UofChicago has a program that works closely with fermi labs. But how is northwestern? And are there any other schools I may just not have heard of? I know its all a matter of opinion, and I need to find what areas of research are most important and such, but I'm just wondering what else there is. Thanks.