It's funny that you mention chairs. I work for a manufacturer of bus seats and instead of buying office chairs for employees they take a bus seat and attach a stand. It's very uncomfortable that's why I ordered my own office chair with my own money. It's a lot more comfortable than a bus seat.
The manufacturing plant is also located in one of the worst sections of town. I guess it was cheap! I've seen a couple of high speed police chases right in front of the building. Employees have had their cars stolen and broken into, also. And that was in the middle of the day. We also have had things stolen inside the building like iPods, computers, monitors, etc... It's a manufacturing plant so we don't hire the best of people. I'm lucky to work in an office where I can lock the door every time I step away. When I started we had no security officers and no video cameras. Now we have 24/7 security and about 50 cameras throughout the building. It's a lot better but I wouldn't call it safe and secure. There was another robbery about a week ago a block away. The guy who drives the food truck that stops by every day got held up at gun point.
Chicago does not seem like a nice city to live in.
On the bright side, I guess the wind keeps smog from building up...