02/07/2011 04:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Graying Of Chicago: City's 65+ Demographic Soars

More than 2 million Chicago-area baby boomers begin turning 65 this year, unleashing a demographic wave that will last nearly two decades and transform nearly every part of the local economy.

"Just the sheer numbers mean huge changes in the way we have to think about housing, transportation, the workforce -- everything," says Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

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