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Construction as seen from the new Don River Park that will open in 2013, as part of a new waterfront development, Dec. 12, 2012.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

Current GDP

Greater Chicago: $546-billion

GTA: $286-billion

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Aircraft landings and takeoffs, Oct. 2012

Chicago O'Hare: 75,932 (World rank No. 2)

Toronto Pearson: 36,105 (World rank No. 17)

Beloved losers

Chicago Cubs: last won the World Series in 1908; last appearance in World Series 1945

Toronto Maple Leafs: last won the Stanley Cup in 1967, also last appearance in Stanley Cup final

Housing prices, Dec. 2012

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High-end neighbourhood average

Chicago: Near North Side: $2,879,429

Toronto: Moore Park: $2,535,000

Low-end neighbourhood average

Chicago: West Engelwood: $10,456

Toronto: Central Scarborough: $420,000

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Public library branches

Chicago: 79

Toronto: 98

Transit ridership 2012

TTC: 514 million

CTA: 545 million

Murders in 2012

Chicago: 506

Toronto: 54

Sources: United States Conference of Mayors, Invest Toronto, Toronto Real Estate Board, Chicago Association of Realtors, Airports Council International. Compiled by Rick Cash

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Marcus Gee is Toronto columnist for the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper.Born in Toronto, he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a degree in modern European history, then worked as a reporter for The Province, Vancouver's morning newspaper. More

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