Chicago is the capital of Illinois and is one of the five most populous cities in the United States. Nicknamed the “Windy City”, Chicago is a global financial center and home to the CBOE, the largest financial options market worldwide. The city is known for its presence of large corporations such as McDonald’s and Boeing.

Chicago also holds the title for most transportation infrastructure with the largest amount of rail tracks and highways nationwide. The median income for households exceeds the national average at $61,700 while employment growth remains strong in the urban core especially with the growth in tech jobs. Property prices are expected to increase by 23.8% from 2013 to 2018, translating to yearly price growth of 4.4%.[1]