It's all in how you look at it. New York may be outspending Chicago in construction dollars but the Windy City is still giving good report when it comes to year-to-year growth rate.
According to Dodge Data & Analytics, Chicago saw a 72 percent year-over-year rate of growth as measured at the end of September. In September, Chicagoland saw more than $446 million in total residential construction spending, a 13 percent increase over September 2015. The city's year-to-date construction spending now totals $5.948 billion, a 72 percent increase over the same time period last year - the best YTD growth of any large metro area.