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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Business Assistance

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 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

  • Business Relationship Associate, CASE

    Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) is seeking a Business Relationship Associate for a full time position that reports to the Business Relationship Manager of CASE to support the management of the Diagnostic Tool platform and Targeted Matching Process as well as the user experience for small businesses and for anchors. 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

  • Communications Intern – Paid

    The Communications Intern will work as a paid member of the Marketing & Communications team on a variety of projects that involve public affairs, media relations, social media, brand development and more. The Marketing & Communications team cuts across the entire WBC organization, allowing this internship to interact with public sector leaders, civic organizations, Chicagoland media, and WBC senior management. Read More

  • International Business Intern, Metro Chicago Exports

    Metro Chicago Exports is seeking an International Business Intern. Metro Chicago Exports represents an unprecedented collaboration between the City of Chicago/World Business Chicago and the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the with the goal of increasing exports from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and supporting regional job growth. Read More

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  • Global Cities, Culinary Soft Power

    Feast on Highly lauded indian-latin cocktails & appetizers while spending an evening with leading food, television and business experts to… 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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