Population: 2.9 million (2007)

Local unemployment rate: 7.1 percent (2008)

National unemployment rate: 6.1 percent (2008)

Median home sales price: $257,600 (May 2008, second quarter)

Foreclosure rate in Chicago: 35th highest in country, with 21,488 in the second quarter.

Median household income: $43,223 (2006)

Percent of residents living below poverty level: 21.2 percent (2006)

Average price of four-star hotel in Chicago: $202 per night (2006)

Most expensive hotel room in Chicago: $6,500, the Peninsula Suite at The Peninsula Chicago (2006)

World Series Wins: The Chicago Cubs won in 1907 and 1908. The Chicago White Sox won in 1906 (defeating cross-town rival the Cubs), 1917 and 2005.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors, RealtyTrac, Forbes.com, Priceline.com, city-data.com, baseball_almanac.com

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