The larger and loftier your goals, the higher the possibilities of achieving them if Design Engineering is your desired career. Think big to achieve big in life and that is what I suggest to prospective candidates who aim to create a niche for themselves in this fast-moving technological era. Besides procuring the needed education (e.g. B.S.M.E.), certifications (e.g. P.E.) and skills (e.g. Pro/Engineer 3D CAD) for this growing engineering category, it is extremely important to have an open, broad and adjustable attitude if you wish to accomplish a major task like designing a record-setting skyscraper with your dream job.
Relocation, being one of the major setbacks for aspiring engineers; it is highly advisable to keep your horizons open for every kind of sacrifice that your dream job demands. Nothing gets served on a silver platter without striving hard towards what you in believe in. A lot goes into making a bright, shining and prospering career, along with a touch of public recognition as well. No success is complete if you do not get recognition for your successful endeavors.
Creating an ideal Design Engineering job for yourself in Chicago or another Midwestern location including Illinois, Michigan, Indiana or Wisconsin is highly practical and achievable provided you are competent enough for the post, open to relocation and are ready to accept the challenges that come your way. To sum it up, I would just like to say that Change is the only constant thing in this universe and if you aim to change the world per your specifications, be ready to accept and inherit this constant change on your working and behavioral pattern.