By  on March 27, 2008

Chicago population: 2.8 millionMedian household income: $43,223Office vacancy rate: 17.8%Number of businesses: 41,815Snowfall this winter: 53 inchesChicago average: 34 inchesTop Chicago-area employers: Abbott Laboratories, Allstate Insurance Co., U.S. Post Office, University of ChicagoWhere the money is: About 17 billionaires call Chicago home, including Samuel Zell, Oprah Winfrey, William Wrigley Jr., Lester Crown and family and members of the Pritzker family. Individuals who grew up or reside in Chicago: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Common On the agenda: A bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, Illinois DepARTMENT of Employment Security, U.S. DepARTMENT of Commerce, forbes.com, infoUSA

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