UIC or UIUC for English?

Hi everyone. I am a transfer student looking for a college to attend in Fall 2017 to complete my Bachelor’s in English. I heard UIUC has a good writing program, but I was wondering if anyone knows of UIC’s or received a degree from their LAS program? I like UIUC and the fact that it is a considered to be a high caliber state school, but the traditional college experience isn’t that important to me and I don’t like the idea of being amongst cornfields for the next two years. I rather be in the city, since I find there to be generally more resources, internships, people to meet, and places to explore. I heard UIC has a good program but am wondering if anyone has had firsthand experience. Thanks!