Full disclosure: I went to college in the Chicago area, so I have a fondness for it. We've profiled other companies in the Midwest facing talent challenges; Chicago isn't alone. I like the "make everyone a recruiter" advice mentioned here. The often un-mentioned super power these companies have is that many people (shhhh) like living in the Midwest...even before you throw in Chicago pizza. Many midwestern CIOs have learned to tell that story to possible recruits.