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.

Find the Center of Tomorrow: Chicago

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

  • Graduate Associate, Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge

    World Business Chicago (WBC) is seeking a Graduate Associate to aid the ChicagoNEXT team in the management of the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge program. The three-year program will provide $3 million in grant funding to innovative organizations that effectively recruit and support diverse entrepreneurs and scale startups in the Chicago area. The selected programs will serve diverse populations, including communities of color, women, veterans, and immigrants. Read More

  • Project Intern, Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs

    World Business Chicago is looking for an intern to help drive the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs' (Plan) First Annual Inclusive Economic Growth Convening. Read More

  • 2017 Fortune 500

    Fortune magazine recently released the 2017 Fortune 500, a list of the largest corporations headquartered in the U.S. based on… Read More

  • Manager of Research

    The Manager of Research is responsible for managing the Research team on key initiatives, requests for information, and cross-functional project teams. Read More

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  • 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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