Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 18, 2011 10:00 AM
Chicago might want to change its nickname from Chi-Town to Couponland. The windy city likes online couponing – and did so years before Groupon hit the radar.
The windy city counts 43 daily-deal group-buying site headquarters including two of the oldest, FatWallet (est. circa 1999), and MrRebates (b. 2002), as well as two of the largest, Groupon.com and CouponCabin.com.
"Chicago is the cradle of civilization for the daily-deal industry," says Dan Hess, CEO of Local Offer Network and Chicago-based deal aggregator Dealradar. "It gained an early lead and continues to lead the pack."
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