Global Economic Partnerships

Developing strategic economic partnerships with leading global cities in alignment with Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs


Increase Trade & Investment

focused on key industries

Increase Tourism

from key countries

Enhance Export Effectiveness

through partnerships


Co-hosted the 25th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)

Attracted $900 million real estate investment project with Wanda Group

Bank of China opened Chicago branch

Hainan Airlines began non-stop service

Choose Chicago opening fourth office in Chengdu, Spring 2015; announced during JCCT

Bilateral trade agreement with Mexico City

Choose Chicago opened Mexico City office

Delegation visit from Mexico City to learn about the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and strengthen trade ties

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Global Ties


Chinese Cities

Gateway Agreements

With: Beijing | Shanghai | Shenyang | Qingdao | Tianjin | Hangzhou | Wuhan | Chengdu


1871 | Brookings Institution | Chicago Consular Corps | The Chicago Council on Global Affairs | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce | Choose Chicago | City of Chicago | Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago | Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity | JPMorgan Chase | ProMéxico | U.S. Department of Commerce | U.S. Department of State

Strategic Alignment

Make Chicago a National Leader in

Make Chicago a Premier Destination for

Increase the Region’s Attractiveness for