Chicago can land Amazon’s second HQ, but it won’t be easy, experts say – Chicago Tribune

North American mayors, governors and economic developers are sure to be working overtime in the coming months, following Amazon‘s announcement that it is seeking a second headquarters city where it can create 50,000 new jobs.

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel confirmed he’s among those mayors already making his case to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to bring the transformational deal to the Midwest’s unofficial capital.

It’s likely to be one of the most hotly contested headquarters competitions in decades. The e-commerce giant’s mere announcement on Thursday has sent hearts aflutter among politicians, urbanists, real estate brokers and developers — and, yes, journalists.

So, is Chicago a legitimate contender?

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