Try walking, bicycling, driving or parking around downtown and it's clear we're in the midst of a high-rise construction bonanza.
At the same time, however, the stage is being set for another type of economic boom: A neighborhood manufacturing revival.
It's as vital to the commercial and employment well-being of the city as the rush of attention-grabbing, $1 billion-plus office and upper-end residential developments being built.
Chicago business and political leaders would be smart to capitalize on this impending manufacturing opportunity, which can jump-start neighborhood employment and spawn other related area businesses.
"We have good competitive advantages but it's sort of at a starting point," says David Reifman, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, referring to city efforts to address the manufacturing segment's new needs.