Chicago's Business Climate

Home to an unrivaled talent pool, Chicago is centrally located at the nexus between European and Asian markets, and the North American Free Trade zone. The region features a strong, globally diverse economy larger than that of many countries, has a uniquely friendly and welcoming business community, and boasts one of the best quality-of-life to cost-of-living ratios in the nation.

Tremendous Talent

Stellar educational institutions develop a steady stream of talent in Chicago.

Central Location

Chicago is at the center of global trade, transit, and data networks.

As Big as a Country

Chicago's $576B GRP is more than countries like Sweden and Norway.


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

Economic Diversification Matters

A diverse economy remains strong even during times of trouble in certain sectors

Chicago's Diverse Economy

Growting Nexus of Innovation

From the world’s first skyscraper to the invention of improv comedy, Chicago has always been a hothouse of creativity & innovation; a place where ideas are seen as the highest form of currency

Chicago's Innovation Ecosystem

digital startups launched per year on average


strategies to transform the regional economy

A City with an Economic Plan

We’re implementing Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs by leading and partnering on a series of initiatives aligned with the Plan’s 10 strategies

Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs

International Ties

Chicago-based companies have more than 10,000 locations in 120 countries and territories

Chicago's Global Ties

foreign-based companies call Chicago home

Want More?

Contact Us

Related News

Chicago-based user experience and digital product development consultancy, ÄKTA, recently announced it will move to 205 W. Wacker Drive to accommodate the company’s rapid growth. The new two-floor space will quadruple the size of the previous office and ÄKTA will invest roughly $2 million in improvements. “ÄKTA has experienced tremendous growth [...]
Wed, Jul 22, 2015, Continue reading at the source
After spending 12 years in Gensler’s Denver office, Lamar Johnson opened the Chicago office in 1997. He recently discussed working and living in Chicago with us. Lamar Johnson is a managing principal of Gensler’s North Central Region and a member of the firm-wide Management Committee. After spending 12 years in Gensler’s Denver office, [...]
Tue, May 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Expansion will increase the number of committed institutions from 11 to at least 20 and double the number of small businesses helped Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and World Business Chicago recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) program to encourage [...]
Tue, Apr 21, 2015, Continue reading at the source