Is Chicago Losing Tech Talent to Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley has long been a magnet for top tech talent from around the world looking to work for the best in the business. As a result, it has been quite difficult for Chicago to compete for the best minds in the industry. Lately, things have started to change as the entrepreneurial spirit within the city has created a growing buzz within the technology community.

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