I'm a rising junior at a college in Chicago and I'm staying here for the summer as well. As a result, for a couple firms I have much stronger connections in Chicago than in NYC. Throughout the recruiting process I've been fairly indifferent to location. However, recently I had a convo with an analyst in Chicago who said that it's impossible (his words) to go to NYC after working in Chicago. I know being in NYC offers an advantage for PE/recruiting, but I never knew the advantage was that substantial. I'd rather be in NYC post-graduation but I was thinking of hedging my bets and applying to the Chicago location for some firms, but now I'm kinda rethinking this. Can anyone shed some more light on how big the difference between the two cities really is in terms of exit ops?
Two quick additional notes:
1. The /elite boutique Chicago offices I've networked with aren't just support staff, they do deal execution so it seems the experience would be similar to their NYC offices.
2. I thought of negotiating with HR after getting an offer, but for some of these banks each location is a separate app so I don't think they would be very receptive to that.