Chicago: Where Your Dollar Will Get You Fatter

To recap today in Chicago news:

  • Alligator found in the Chicago River
  • The parking meter saga continues on
  • But most importantly, Chicago has the lowest amount of time needed working to earn enough to get a Big Mac.

I’m proud to work in Chicago.

An alternative Big Mac Index:

How many minutes to earn the price of a Big Mac?

THE size of your pay packet may be important, but so is its purchasing power. Helpfully, a UBS report published this week offers a handy guide to how long it takes a worker on the average net wage to earn the price of a Big Mac in 73 cities. Fast-food junkies are best off in Chicago, Toronto and Tokyo, where it takes a mere 12 minutes at work to afford a Big Mac. By contrast, employees must toil for over two hours to earn enough for a burger fix in Mexico City, Jakarta and Nairobi.

It’s worth checking the comments to see the hate for Chi-town. I don’t care that L.A. and New York weren’t represented. They get all the press most days.


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