Give the article in Next City a read. I was shocked to learn how little growth occurred outside of the core of Downtown Chicago during the few years.
Those who do the actual building also share this impression. Adam Hengels, who works in real estate development in New York but has Chicago roots, told Next City that when he strikes out on his own, he intends to do it in Chicago. “I don’t want to spend my career entangled in the entitlement process of the coastal cities,” Hengels said.