As the major hub of the Midwest, many people forget just how extensive the City of Chicago truly is. In fact, the city is every bit as vibrant as Los Angeles and New York — it is just much more manageable. Still, like any major city – it can be pricey for businesses.
The tax structure tends to be unfriendly to businesses in Illinois, which is why so many companies opt to find more inexpensive regions like Michigan or Wisconsin. Unfortunately, though, neither can beat Chicago for clients – unless they’re in the farming business.
Ironically, Chicago is a very friendly town for its size. I say this because some people are under the impression that high crime and notorious gangster history make more dangerous. But it’s really no more dangerous than many other areas of Los Angeles, like Watts – or New York’s Brooklyn. But, as any city dweller knows, you can be in the ritziest part of town and right down the street – it’s a ghetto.
I mention all of this because I’ve had clients that were located near unfamiliar territory or a place where I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to be going by myself. This holds true for both men and women. If you feel like you shouldn’t be there, you probably shouldn’t.
For those times, I’m grateful that there are many meeting rooms available. When I can get a Davinci meeting room for as little as 15 bucks an hour at the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago, why would I risk my life going to some neighborhood I’ve never even been to? And why would I even think about paying the outrageous rates that hotels charge? You can hardly get a cup of coffee in a hotel for that rate!
Actually, I love going to Chicago just for the pizza! Other places can have decent pizza, but there’s nothing like an original Chicago deep dish. Could be why Chicago just won the Best City Pizza Award from Travel and Leisure magazine readers, much to the consternation of those snooty, crabby New Yorkers!