Interesting perspective, ucdude.
If I had a rare complication of uc, I might consider seeking out a regional powerhouse, but I'll guess most people with uc have plain old uc (so to speak). There are competent (if not excellent) doctors in Chicago who can provide a standard second opinion which is what it seems Bellski is asking in her original.
I would not buy an M6 to drive the five miles back and forth to work.
And, if I had a rare complication of uc, I think I'd still look for care within a reasonable home range for consistency and convenience if nothing else. Surely there are competent (if not excellent) doctors in Chicago.
I would not buy a Rolls Royce if the only mechanic was a six-hour drive away.
If seeking local care meant I could spending an afternoon relaxing at Millenium Park or Lincoln Park Zoo instead of a stressful drive to the Mayo Clinic to be told to keep taking my meds, I'd choose the fun. Better for my health, I'd think.
Here's the thread Old Hat mentioned. Makes for interesting reading:
Just my two cents.