Amazon, trade the rain for the wind: Chicago wants second headquarters

Photo of an Amazon warehouse worker. Amazon is hiring 1,000 people in Texas to support new distribution centers.

Amazon announced Thursday that it’s looking for a location for its next headquarters, HQ2: a “full equal” to its Seattle headquarters.

The biggest question: where?

Amazon is asking cities to throw their hats into the ring, and is encouraging them to “think big and be creative.” Proposals are due next month, with selection and announcement slated for 2018.

It’s unknown how many cities are raising their hands, but Chicago is among the crowd. (So is Houston.)

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“Chicago’s unmatched workforce, world-class universities and unparalleled access to destinations throughout the world make it the perfect headquarters location for companies large and small,” Grant Klinzman, who works on the city’s business development, said in a statement according to NBC Chicago. “That’s also why Chicago has led the nation in corporate relocations for the last four years.”

FILE – In this April 27, 2017 file photo, construction continues on three large, glass-covered domes as part of an expansion of the campus in downtown Seattle. Amazon said Thursday, Sept. 7, that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be “a full equal” of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The initial investment in their new city will be more than $5 billion in construction and 50,000 jobs. After that, the sky’s the limit. Amazon estimates that it brought an additional $38 billion to Seattle’s economy from 2010 to 2016.

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