City/metro area: Chicago
Available IT jobs: 2,056*
Average salary for IT consultant: $70,337**
Local attractions: IT pros taking a break from work can stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile, which offers visitors more than 3.1 million square feet of retail space, 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels, 2 unique museums and flower-filled medians that reflect the changing seasons.
*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009
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