Despite concerns at times, Chicago is indeed a leading global city. This week suggests another way this might play out: the cold temperatures and wind chill in Chicago received a lot of media attention while the colder temperatures in Minnesota and north of Chicago received less.
There are several ways to think about this:
- People expect Minnesota and places north of Chicago to be colder so when they are extremely cold, this is less noteworthy.
- Fewer people live in the cities north of Chicago so the cold affects fewer people.
- Chicago is a much higher-status city and any news in Chicago is going to outweigh news in Minneapolis.
Perhaps all of these factors may be at play and interrelated. Reasons #2 and #3 are connected: Chicago has a higher status in part because of its larger population. Similarly, leading global cities tend not to be located too far north or south (connecting reasons #1 and #3).
This may help Chicagoland residents feel better about the severe cold: people throughout the United States and even the world note the cold you are experiencing because of your city’s status.