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Pros

-Economic and cultural diversity
-Arts and culture
-Historic interest and preservation

Cons

-Harsh climate
-Cost of living
-Violent crime


What Bert Has To Say About Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro Area


A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural city, Chicago functions as is a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse an economy in the country.


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Quick Facts About Chicago


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Chicago is 6.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chicago jobs have Increased by 1.39 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Chicago's cost of living is 10.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Chicago's population is 2,720,550 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.27 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Chicago is $208,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -12.47%.
    SCHOOLS
    Chicago public schools spend $14,559 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17 students per teacher in Chicago.

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  6/5/2017
Stay away from this school

Stay away from this school. It is run by a bunch of people whose main goal is to make money. My son is currently in 8th grade and for high school, he will be going to... (Read More)

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  2/13/2017
Fun city. High crime rate and cold winter

I've lived in Chicago for about 3 years. It wasn't bad at all. The city as pros and cons. Pros: Good public transportation. You basically can survive without a... (Read More)

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  8/22/2016
A city bent on destroying itself

I am a 52-year-old professional. I was born and raised in Chicago, have lived and worked here my entire life, opened a business here 30 years ago, and have operated... (Read More)

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