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chicago downtown (2) Chicago’s CBD has generated many jobs, and many new apartment towers have sprouted alongside new office properties, but many job seekers struggle to afford downtown living.

CHICAGO—Job growth has soared in many downtowns as major employers like McDonald’s in Chicago and GE in Boston relocate their headquarters from the suburbs to city cores to attract tech-savvy Millennial talent. As a result, new office jobs and residential development in and near CBDs increasingly go hand-in-hand. But in spite of the construction boom, many still struggle to afford apartments near their jobs, especially Millennial renters, who make up more than 70% of the survey respondents.

Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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