People get confused because Northwestern isn't exactly very far West. The University was founded 45 years after Lewis and Clark so I guess this was somewhat far West at the time...Hahaha I originally wrote north western and then second guessed myself. I lived in Chicago for about four years.
Chicago is an interesting city. Still figuring it out. I very rarely leave Evanston so I don't really know much about actual Chicago or most of the surrounding towns.