Hey travel nurses, Thinking of doing a stint in Chicago. What is a competitive hourly rate for a traveler in the Chicago area? What about a staff nurse? What hospitals are decent work environments, and which ones should I avoid? I have 3 years' experience in cardiology/med surg and am currently on my 2nd assignment with Cross Country. My hourly wages seem low compared with other travelers I've met. I'm currently at a hospital just outside Washington DC making 24.50/hr on night shift. That includes the differential! A friend of mine is at the same hospital with a different company (Aya) and is getting a $4000 completion bonus. (albeit in a different specialty). I'm told it's wise to travel with more than one company to maximize earnings, but how does that work with insurance/benefits? You lose your benefits at Cross Country if you take more than 35 days off in a row. And the thought of the mountains of paperwork starting up with another company is daunting. Any other Chicago nurses or Cross Country travelers have any tips to share? And where are all these elusive bonuses I hear so much about? :) Much appreciated.Thanks All!