Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 200+ German companies at 500 locations in greater Chicago including: Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Fresnius, K+S AG, Lufthansa, and Otto GmbH and Co.
  • There are an estimated 120+ Chicago-area companies in Germany including: Abbott Laboratories, Claire’s Stores, Danaher, Grant Thornton, Hyatt, ITW, Jones Lang LaSalle, McDonald’s (Germany’s top American employer), Nalco and United Continental
  • German Consulate General in Chicago
  • Germany-US Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) in Chicago
  • Chicago-Hamburg Sister City relationship, since 1994
  • There are 7 daily nonstop departures from Chicago airports to a total of four cities in Germany
  • An estimated 130,000 Germans reside in Chicago
  • GACCoM regularly holds forums in Chicago showcasing German companies
Recent Expansions
  • BMW/Audi/Mercedes consortium acquisition of mapping technology company Here from Nokia, 2015
  • Venta Airwasher NA HQ move to downtown Chicago from Mt. Prospect, 2015
  • DHL Express, new O’Hare cargo facility, 2014
  • Finkl & Sons, new plant in Chicago, 2013 (Schmoltz + Birkenbach)
  • ThyssenKrupp, NA HQ, 2012
  • Eirich Machines, 2012
  • DHL Express, 2012
  • Lenze SE, 2011
  • Exel Logistics, 2011
  • STS Inspection, relocation from NY State to Bartlett, 2011
  • Nordex AG, NA HQ, 2009
  • Winergy Drive Systems, plant expansion in Elgin, $20m/300 jobs created, 2009 (Siemens)
Total Trade with Illinois, 2014: US $8.2 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2014: US $5.3 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2014: machinery/computers, tractors, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, instruments, copper, plastics, iron/steel
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2014: US $2.9 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2014: chemicals, machinery/computers, agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, telecommunications, instruments, plastics, aircraft parts, vehicle parts and trucks (Largest Illinois export market in Europe)