How to Meet Rich Men in Chicago, USA
Both in terms of economy and infrastructure, Chicago is the most important city of Midwestern United States. It is no wonder then that some of the richest men from this part of the country come from Chicago. So if you like to live the good life, here are a few ideas on how you can meet and date really wealthy men from the Windy City.
Look for the fat cats of Finance
Among the main pillars of Chicago’s economy are financial and business services. The city in fact figures among the top ten Global Financial Centers Index which is compiled bi-annually by the Z/Yen Group and published by the City of London Corporation. Besides this, Chicago is the hub of financial and business activities in the whole of Midwestern United States and is home to several major financial and futures exchanges. At least 32 Fortune 500 companies have their global headquarters in the Chicago metropolitan limits the city has even its own distinct school of thought in economics known as the Chicago School of Economics. So if you are partial towards socializing with bankers, financiers, wealth consultants and hedge fund managers, Chicago is the city to be in, at least in Midwestern America. The central business district in downtown Chicago is where you will find most of the firms, convention centers and consultants’ offices of the city’s finance sector. Chicago’s CBD is in fact the second largest in the whole of United States and incorporates one of the busiest and most significant destinations of the city variously known as the Loop or the Chicago Loop with its skyscrapers, shopping malls and recreational centers. The exclusive pubs and cafes across the Loop as well as on important locations like the Richmond Road, the Lakefront as well as along the Chicago River are some places where the movers and shakers of Chicago’s finance and business world can be found relaxing during lunch-hours or late in the evenings.
Rub shoulders with the master builders
Yet another mainstay of Chicago’s economy is the manufacturing industry and the city has been a base of commercial operations for such renowned industrialists as John Crerar, John Whitfield Bunn, Marshall Field and Julius Rosenwald. Chicago in fact has the third largest scientific and engineering workforce among all other metropolitan centers of the country. So if you are looking forward to meeting wealthy men in Chicago, the city offers a substantial pool of men who are successful industrialists, well-paid CEOs and engineers in sectors as wide ranging as automobiles, transport, pharmaceutical and food processing. Apart from the usual pubs and coffee shops located in the vicinity of the major manufacturing districts, yet another likely venue to run into successful professionals are the various convention centers dotting the city. McCormick Place with its four interconnected complexes is the largest convention center in the country and the third largest in the entire world.
Browse through Cultural Events
Along with being the economic and financial hub of Midwestern America, Chicago is also the cultural center of this part of the country. All through the year, the city hosts performances in theater, music, dance and films. However not all cultural events would make for the right opportunities to come across the wealthy guys. Browse through newspapers and classifieds to see which theaters would host premiere shows or performances for select audience and then manage to gain an entry to any of these but don’t forget the after-show parties which is where the real action takes place. Among the theaters which can be found hosting exclusive performances are the Ford Center for Performing Arts, Oriental Theater, Bank of America Theater and the Palace Theater. The Symphony Center usually offers many high classical offerings from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which can prove to be ideal places for meeting rich patrons of art and culture. Also look for movie theaters in Chicago like the one at South Barrington and Muvico Rosemont which are known for offering a luxury experience and thus attracting a wealthy crowd, especially for movie premieres and special show with the stars.
Frequent the rich neighborhoods
If you want to meet wealthy men, you need to be seen where they live. Chicago, especially its suburbs has consistently figured among the richest neighborhoods in the country. In a list of American’s 25 Wealthiest Towns compiled by BusinessWeek in 2009, the Chicago suburb of Kenilworth ranked fourth and turned out to be the richest town in Midwest. The small suburb of Winnetka with a population of a mere 12,200 is yet another such locality where the median household income in 2009 was $195,879 and the median home price the same year was $1,316,052. This area also boasts one of the nation’s most elite public schools, New Trier High School and the kind of quiet Midwestern living one would expect from this exclusive neighborhood. Most of the other places in Chicago with million dollar plus households are on the North Side and these include the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Barrington Hills, Glencoe, Edgebrook, Sauganash and most properties facing the lakes. Even if you cannot afford an apartment in any of these localities, frequenting them while sipping a latte in an upscale coffee shop or looking for exotic ingredients in a gourmet food store might throw you in delicious proximity to the rich denizens of Chicago’s toniest neighborhoods and if you are lucky you may even get talking to something single and available.
Explore the city nightscene
The vibrant cultural scene of Chicago is reflected in its nightlife which buzzes with music, dance and drinks till the wee hours of the morning. Most of the bars, lounges and nightclubs in Chicago are again concentrated on the lakefront, especially in the northern side of the Loop as well as along South of the North Avenue. However if you are looking to chat up with only the richest patrons it would not make sense to frequent the most popular places but rather the upscale ones like Reserve, Neo, Crescendo, the Hunt Club, Krem and Vision which straddles eight levels of dance floors. Chicago is after all the place to live it up and not for nothing carries a nickname like the ‘City of Big Shoulders’.