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Welcome To "Trading Chicago Hope"

From New York to L.A., the nation is struggling under the weight of the credit crunch and a looming recession. But Fast Money has found our kind of town in Chicago.

From trading the amazing agriculture markets of the Midwest to hometown heroes like McDonald’s and Boeing , the Windy City has been serving up trades as good as its deep-dish pizza while the rest of the country stumbles.

Read on to find out how Wall Street’s best traders are making money, Chicago style.

> Word on the Street

> The Trading Capital of the World

> Chicago Ag Trades

> Life is Good in the Pits

> Pops & Drops

> Surprise Guest Friday

> Chicago Turnaround Story?

> Web Extra: Windy City Whale Watching

> Final Trade

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Trader disclosure: On May 16, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE), (BTU); Pete Najarian Owns (AAPL), (BKC), (TSO), (XLF), (HPQ); Pete Najarian Owns (AA) Calls, (C) Calls, (MSFT) Calls; Macke Owns (MSFT), (ATVI), (DIS), (WMT), (INTC); Finerman Owns (GS); Finerman's Firm Owns (JCP), (MO), (MSFT), (NYX), (PLCE), (TSO), (VLO); Finerman's Firm Owns SPX Index Puts; Finerman's Firm Owns (C) And (C) Leaps, Finerman Owns (C); Finerman's Firm Owns (HD) And (HD) Puts, Finerman Owns (HD); Finerman's Firm Owns (YHOO) 1X2 Call Spreads; Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (IWM), (SPY); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own Shares Of Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Finerman's Firm Owns (GLNG); GE Is The Parent Company Of CNBC; NBC Universal Is The Parent Company Of CNBC; Charles Schwab Is A Sponsor Of "Fast Money"