Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago drives regional economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy.

Companies Choose Chicago

for its tremendous talent, central location, and economic strength

Perhaps that’s why The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Chicago among the world’s top 10 most competitive cities for business.

Tremendous Talent

Stellar educational institutions, including two of the world's top business schools, develop a steady stream of talent in Chicago. The city's downtown “Loop” is the largest college town in Illinois.

Chicago's Workforce and Education

college & university degrees conferred annually by the more than 150 Chicago area institutions


Best connected airport in the U.S. according to MIT's Airport Connectivity Quality Index

Central Location

Chicago is at the center of the east-west nexus joining Europe and Asia, and the north-south nexus of NAFTA. Our airport system handles 1,460 daily departures, with non-stop service to 200+ global destinations. Six of the nation's seven Class I railroads connect here, and virtually every major data network in the world intersects here.

Chicago's Central Location

Most Diversified Economy in the U.S.

Chicago's not a one-industry-town. That diversification keeps the economy strong even during times of trouble for certain sectors.

Chicago's Strong & Diverse Economy

is the largest portion of the workforce that any single industry employs in Chicago

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  • Chicago by the Numbers October 2016

    World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, … Read More

  • Deputy Director, Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs

    World Business Chicago is seeking a Deputy Director for the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. This position will serve to support the Executive Director of the Plan, provide day-to-day guidance to the Plan Team in their work, and connect with partner initiatives in their work to extend the impact of the Plan. The Deputy Director is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Director of the Plan. Read More

  • Director of Cluster Growth

    World Business Chicago is seeking a Director of Cluster Growth to aid in the execution of World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs to improve the business climate of the area and empower the business community to improve the ecosystem supporting key emerging, existing, and evolving business clusters within the Chicago area. Read More

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week 2016

    Sixth Annual Program Welcomes 200 Top Technology, Engineering and Computer Science Students to Chicago; Record High Number of Nearly 900 Applications Received for 2016 Program Read More

  • September 2016 Home Prices and Sales

    The Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) reported that year over year residential sales in the city of Chicago decreased by … Read More

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