World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

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.

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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
145k

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

#1

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
14%

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

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  • Chicago Metro Unemployment Rate at 5.5% in October

    This morning, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary October 2016 unemployment rates for all Metropolitan Statistical Areas… Read More

  • Chicago Tourism Metrics January 2017

    Making Chicago a premier destination for tourism and entertainment is a major part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Plan for Economic… Read More

  • Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released December 2016 figures from its Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS),… Read More

  • Request for Proposal: Branding and Marketing Support

    Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) is seeking a creative agency partner to help develop a marketing campaign… Read More

  • Director, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, ChicagoNEXT

    ChicagoNEXT is seeking a Director to lead the inaugural Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge program which will support Chicago’s startup ecosystem by enabling the creation of networks and resources to support underrepresented entrepreneurial communities throughout all of Chicago looking to build and scale tech and tech-enabled companies. Read More

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  • Expanding Your Talent Pool with International Employees

    As a global center for education, Chicago attracts students from around the world. After graduation, too many of these students return to their home countries or leave for other major cities in the United States, draining Chicago of high-quality business talent. Read More

  • Chicago Venture Summit

    The Chicago Venture Summit will host some of the most influential venture capitalists, corporate V.C.’s, and angel investors in the… Read More

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