The Windy City is one of the world's largest financial centers, home to the Chicago Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, suggesting perhaps Chi-Town residents are as passionate about numbers as they are about the Cubs. Chicago is also headquarters to more than 400 corporations, including Boeing.
The Chicago Metro Area includes people in Chicago, Ill.; Naperville, Ill.; Joliet, Ill.; Gary, Ind.; Lake County, Ill.; Kenosha County, Wis.; and the surrounding areas.
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