Chicago is an affluent town with some very deep social issues largely relegated to typically problematic underserved neighborhoods.
Meanwhile touring acts headed in every direction make their way through, which is why so many artists own instruments from Chicago Music Exchange.
If a physical hub is even really what’s happening, and servicing pros is what it’s about, then sure, Chicago. Selfishly, I’d prefer NYC.
And even more selfishly I’d prefer the announcement be about mini powered toasters and 8 and 15” Kones. And other stuff I’m too narrow-minded to imagine but would love.