Chicago is home to its share of startups, satellite tech campuses, Fortune 500s, and innovators across verticals. Yet the Second City’s tech climate differs from that of Silicon Valley and NYC. CBRE’s Annual “Scoring Tech Talent” report placed Chicago among the top 15 metro markets, but the city trails behind the top spot.
Local businesses do their part to nurture new ideas and IT talent. But until the local market grows more “redwood” tech companies to yield greater credibility and visibility, Chicago’s sourcing obstacles will be those of a tech sector still working through its growing pains. For the immediate future, these are