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Why are foreign investors buying land in Illinois, and what does it mean for the state?

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

In Illinois, Chinese investors own only about one square mile of land, while Portuguese, Italian, and Canadian interests hold over 760 square miles combined.

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Joshua A. Bickel / AP
Global Economy

Tea connoisseurs — yes, there are tea connoisseurs — set to raise a cup in Chicago

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ChicagoGlobal by H. Lee Murphy

At the Chicago Tea Festival, visitors from around the country will meet to taste and buy some of the most exotic blends from around the world.

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How are sports stadiums funded globally, and what does it mean for Chicago?

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ChicagoGlobal by Jack Benjamin

For Chicago's sports stadiums, the financing debate between public funds and private investment remains an obstacle, as it has been for stadiums around the world.

An aerial shot of the inside of Soldier Field, with planes flying overhead
Kamil Krzaczynski / AP
Global Cities

In this legal fight, the Art Institute stands to lose more than artwork

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ChicagoGlobal by Brandon Dupré

The museum is fighting two legal battles over ownership of a drawing that's believed to have been stolen by Nazis during the Holocaust.

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"It's hard to compete with Mickey Mouse": Why Chicago recruits international influencers to promote the city

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

Chicago's strategy to boost international tourism through partnerships, like Brazilian influencer Lucas Estevam, aims to attract diverse audiences with tailored experiences.

Two people at the front of a boat with the Chicago skyline behind them.
Alejandro Reyes/Choose Chicago
Global Economy

Chicago's retail vacancies are hitting all-time highs. What can it learn from other global cities?

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ChicagoGlobal by Jack Benjamin

Reflecting a global trend, Chicago Loop retail vacancies hit a record 30%—most likely due to remote work—necessitating revival strategies.

A person walks past an empty storefront
Erin Hooley / AP
Global Economy

How one agency is scouting the globe for Illinois connections

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ChicagoGlobal by H. Lee Murphy

Intersect Illinois has emerged as a key force in the dealmaking behind some of the most significant corporate relocations here.

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Kamil Krzaczynski / AP
Global Cities

Incubator helps entrepreneurs bring international flavors—and businesses—to Chicago

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

At The Hatchery, many of the entrepreneurs are recent immigrants building businesses based on family recipes, which comes with a unique set of challenges—but plenty of opportunity.

Exterior view of The Hatchery with the Chicago skyline in the background
James Steinkamp
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When digital nomads come to (Chi)town

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ChicagoGlobal by Nicole L. Cvetnic

From Medellín to Chicago, digital nomads are on the rise, contributing significantly to the global economy. But locals worry these visitors are pricing them out.

A remote worker at Lake Roland in Maryland.
Julio Cortez / AP
Global Economy

Rescued Recipes, aiming to preserve Jewish food traditions, comes to Chicago

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ChicagoGlobal by Margaret Littman

A U.S. Holocaust Museum fundraiser in Glencoe tells the story of the Holocaust lost and found through food.

A handwritten recipe in a notebook
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
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