The Chicago tech ecosystem is an exciting place to be. All across the city, thousands of techies are relentlessly chipping away at some of the world's most interesting challenges.
Judging by the results, many of those people are succeeding. Chicago tech companies saw over $1.7 billion in funding and $8.2 billion in exits last year. And the data shows that VC investments here pay off bigger than those in any other city.
A thriving tech community like that doesn't just show up out of nowhere. Here are some of the milestones along the way to where we are today.
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