Being a technology hub anywhere in the world is a great way to attract people to populating your city and Chicago is now tied for 6th as a future technology hub. For those readers who don’t know, the Chicago suburbs is where Techaeris calls home. I was born and raised in the Chicago area from the South Side now out in the far west suburbs and it’s exciting for me to see the technology growth of the metro area. KPMG took a survey recently asking over 800 tech industry leaders which cities had the potential of being a technology hub in the next four years, Chicago finally broke into the top 10 making it to 6th place (tied with a few others).
Chicago used to be one of the great manufacturing cities of old. Much of the area near Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute used to be rail yards and that area of the city was very industrial. Now that area is a vibrant park and recreation area used by many of the technology movers and shakers living in the downtown and lakefront areas. Tim Zanni explains why a city like Chicago can now start being considered a future tech hub of the world.
Chicago has traditionally been considered the Second City, a joke that the city has embraced since New Yorkers mocked us, but it’s also considered the City of Big Shoulders and it has been fun to watch the tech growth in the metro area. Hopefully, KPMG’s predictions are spot on and Chicago takes it to the next level, we’d love to see more tech conventions and tech events here. We love the west coast but it’s fun to have these hosted in your hometown as well.
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