As the metropolis of the Midwest and the third largest city in the United States, Chicago’s neighborhoods are home to cultural delights, but also a strong tech ecosystem. The city continues to wrestle with top hubs to retain talent after they graduate from local top universities, yet those who stick around become part of a solid tech community.
Chicago boasts of 2,300-2,900 startups, and is especially well known for its Unicorn club. Chicago doesn’t just have Unicorns, it has some of the fastest growing Unicorns in the country. The windy city landed three of the top seven startups for the fastest time (three years or less) to see a $2 billion valuation.