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Let’s do two surprising things today: 

  1. Start this letter with unqualified positive news and 

  2. Have that positive news come from Chase Bank

Yeah dudes, unexpected! And yet, Chase launched a pilot program in Chicago to recruit employees with criminal records for banking jobs. This expands on an initiative rolled out countrywide 18 months ago to stop asking job applicants about their criminal records and stop running background checks until conditional offers are made — giving applicants a more equal shot at getting an initial offer. A job as a banker offers the kind of stability and salary that can turn things around for a family, and we’re honestly thrilled to see the opportunity opened up to more people. 

More good news: Health care consultancy Avia raised $22 million to bring better digital experiences to more big hospital groups. It’s even better news for health care startups in Chicago — Avia is run by Eric Langshur, whose Abundant Venture Partners invests in many local health care and wellness businesses. Wonder whose services his consultancy might recommend … 

Rentgrata raised $1 million for its platform, which hopes to match apartment hunters with current tenants. The idea is that tenants will earn referral rewards and Rentgrata will make money off of landlords paying to hear what renters are saying. So I guess our question is: When was the last time you had a property manager so desperate to fix your apartment that they’d pay to hear what was wrong? Because this business model seems like maybe somebody said “Wouldn’t it be cool if … ” and then went way too deep before anyone asked “How will it make money?”

Full disclosure that we did this extremely cool newsletter for, what, five years before asking for any money? Anyway …

Amazon just cannot leave us alone. It bought up Health Navigator this week for an undisclosed amount, and plans to use the service to offer virtual doctor’s visits to Amazon employees. We don’t love Amazon sliding into the health care space, but we do love thinking about the cities who did win HQ2 wondering if maybe they didn’t overpay a bit.  

Digital consultancy Rightpoint also got acquired, a real bummer in our opinion, since we consistently recommended it as a workplace. That’s not to say that Genpact, the NYC-based consultancy that bought Rightpoint, will ruin it. But that is to say Rightpoint is going from being a 400-person company to a 90,400-person company.

Rich man Michael Sacks is endowing a program for three colleges — Northwestern’s Medill, U.C. Annenberg and NYU — to send students on paid podcasting internships. It’s called the Luminary Fellowship, after Sacks’ son’s new podcasting company, though it is seemingly not affiliated with that company in any way besides a shared association with Sacks. Glad to see young journalists supported, pretty sure that money would be better spent endowing an actual journalism job those kids could go on to earn. 

Here’s some money any of you can win: The Bulls are inexplicably partnering with investment firm LOUD Capital to give $50,000 to one deserving Chicago business. Who do you know that could use the money to make Chicago a better place?

Job with badass potential
Digital Product Manager at Walgreens
Work: Make online channels work harder for Walgreens. Get assigned to a product area and own its roadmap, prioritizing features based on everyone’s needs, including users’. Identify the areas for growth and go hard after those audiences. Find and remove roadblocks and mentor a team of analysts or associate product managers. Work with tech and design to get everything done. Run the numbers to report the results. 
Downsides: You don’t get to pick your product area, meaning it could be beauty or it could be adult diapers (more likely the latter to start). You’re also inherently a manager — meaning your success is dependent on how well you can get everyone to do their work. 
Perks: We would recommend this job just for the opportunity to work in the new Old Main Post Office, which for us is such a hotly awaited opening it’s reaching Stefon-levels of anticipation. But there are some not-completely-superficial reasons to take the job as well. Walgreens is — by all accounts we have heard — a good employer, and this job mentions a desire for management experience, aka potential to grow. In addition to the sweet new office, the move downtown means you’ll finally have access to all the decision-makers in the Loop. And the company will be in a bit of upheaval, what with all the shifting around. That gives you an opportunity to escape the “new girl” period of awkwardness — everyone will be new. It also gives you an opportunity to show your value and potentially move up as the new office politics shake out.

A few other jobs we’re curious about …
Senior Role in Digital Communications at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
The salary is listed, so you don’t have to worry quite as much about being out-negotiated. And CMAP does interesting work trying to make this city function. Hit us up if you’re thinking of applying and we can connect you. 

Program Manager of Digital Content Strategy at CDW
It’s definitely a big corporate behemoth, don’t get us wrong. But it is women-led, and they do have just an enormous amount of free food. Just make sure this job is actually in the Chicago office, not out in Vernon Hills.

Badass news you might have missed
Foxconn is still not making good on its promises of jobs to Wisconsin (for which it was granted $4 billion in subsidies). But it is putting $50 million toward a U of I program that will help automate more manufacturing jobs.

If you want to experience our amazement in real time … 

Inspiration of the week

Was there ever any doubt about our Halloween costume? There’s nothing scarier than a speculative side economy where billions of dollars are thrown behind the loudest personalities. Truly dIsRuPtIvE … to our global financial wellbeing and the actual lives of real people.

So yeah, we’re being Elizabeth Holmes from Theranos for Halloween. If you’re looking for a last-minute costume, Adam Neumann from WeWork is always an option — just throw on a mic for public speaking and a billion-dollar golden parachute. Or keep it local and wear a doctor’s coat while carrying an iPad playing ads for pills. You will be exactly as effective as Outcome Health. Have a big box you’ve been meaning to break down for recycling? Spray it black and boom, you’re a Tovala toaster oven.

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Fairy tales of eternal economic growth

Let’s start with Amazon, the star of the HQ2 season of The Bachelor. Chicago did not get the rose, but now we’re at the post-show and Jeff Bezos is making eyes. He’s promised to add 400 tech jobs and 70,000 square feet to the Chicago office and placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. Rivian is based outside of Detroit, but the vans themselves will be made in Normal, Illinois. Should bring some much-needed manufacturing jobs downstate. 

The Old Main Post Office continues to fill out with Cboe confirming it’ll move into the newly renovated space. It’ll also be moving its trading floor back to the Chicago Board of Trade, meaning that Cboe now has feet in two landmark downtown buildings. 

Forager dug up a seed round (yes, we are proud of that joke), earning $3.25 million for its logistics platform, which aims to make it easier to ship across country lines within North America. A pun and an opportunity to mention logistics?? We are overcome. 

We’ll ride that emotional high right through the next news, that legal weed company Cresco Labs is planning to pay $283 million to acquire competitor Tryke and earn a bigger stake in the Arizona and Nevada markets. Meanwhile, people still sit in jail for holding a joint. Anyway Cresco has lots of money, they can probably hire you.

Health care incubator MATTER is opening a branch in New York City, and while we would normally dismiss that idea out-of-hand, it will be good for Chicago businesses to pitch New York businesses on partnerships and earn funding from New York VCs.

To cap the week off, Jimmy John’s is being sold to Atlanta-based Inspire Brands, home to such fine eateries as Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. We are concerned that this will shrink the Jimmy John’s corporate jobs in Chicago — and maybe lose Chicago-based ad agencies some business. But we do think it’s extremely good that Arby’s and Jimmy John’s are equals now. 

Badass news you might have missed
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Job with badass potential
Head of Digital Strategy at Highwire PR
Work: Teach clients how to adopt and improve their social media outreach, showing them how to communicate and measure on different platforms. Use social listening tools to inform your strategies, and advise on paid social and search campaigns. Work with content teams and creatives to keep the voice consistent. Win new business to help Highwire grow its social offering.  
Downsides: The agency is based in San Francisco — but Chicago is stacked with cloud, fintech and health care-tech companies. We think you’ll be fine, even if you have to fly out to show the new bosses all the money you’ve made them. 
Perks: Most PR firms chase glitzy consumer companies. When you make a choice to only go after business-to-business companies, you immediately cut the competition down. Then there’s the fact that Highwire is even more specifically focused on B2B tech companies — cloud, finance, health care, security, all the good things dripping with VC money right now. It may not sound like the most thrilling work, but it really is the stuff changing how our systems run. And attending industry conferences is built into your job description, so you know you’d stay ahead of new tools and trends for when you did want to leave. 

A few other jobs we’re curious about …
Associate Director of Social Media, Digital Copywriter and Social Media Manager at Vital Proteins
This supplement company … er, lifestyle brand … is everywhere right now — including in a beachin’ new office in the West Loop. Could be exciting times for those fluent in CPG, peptides and Poosh.

Creative Director, Video at The Art Institute of Chicago
A unique opportunity to make art about some of the world’s greatest art. Work with the digital and marketing functions but also curatorial, exhibition design and more. Could mean incredible feedback and support, or could mean lots of excruciating approvals and opinions. Either way, worth a look for the 5+ weeks of PTO alone.

Inspiration of the week

—Our tiny accountability queen Greta Thunberg, who hoisted us all on her back and made us feel righteous, even though we still use Ziploc bags. This weekend Greta, we invest in beeswax paper to try and be worthy of you. 

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