That all being said, Chicago is slowly but surely declining. Many people are moving away in search of a better life. There are many reasons for this: high taxes, high cost of living, cold weather, crime, and the fact that there aren't the best economic opportunities here compared to coastal cities. Illinois has high debt and a terrible credit rating. Chicago might have good private schools, but public education in Chicago is terrible. There's the issue of pensioners possibly not getting their pensions. Overall, things are looking grim for Chicago, and it makes sense for people to leave, if they have the means to do so. But it's good to commemorate all the music and culture that has emerged from a once-great city.