Chicago Transforms From Second City to Startup City
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It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago -- she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. -- Mark Twain "Life On The Mississippi," 1883
Chicago, as Mark Twain observed in 1883, is a city that's always changing.
Throughout its history, the city has been known as a retail hub (it was the home of Montgomery Ward, Sears, and Marshall Field's); an agriculture and food nucleus (Armour and Company was founded in Chicago in 1867, and Kraft Foods and McDonald's are headquartered in the Chicago suburbs) and, more recently, an airline manufacturing center, luring away Boeing's headquarters from Seattle in 2001. The city is also home to medical sector giants including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Baxter International, and Abbott Laboratories.
In fact, no single industry generates more than 13 percent of the city's employment. "Unlike New York, and its
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