Chicago Growing

Chicago was ranked the “Top Metro” in the U.S. for corporate investment in a report released this week by Site Selection magazine, considered the “industry scoreboard for corporate investment and relocation professionals.” The publication recognized that the Chicago region was home to more new or expanded corporate facilities than any other metropolitan area in the nation in 2013, with 373 new and expanding companies, generating approximately 10,000 new jobs and $2.8 billion in investment.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, companies large and small expanded and located in Chicago, from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to Sustainable Solutions LED. This quarter’s Chicago Growing map shows additional companies that have grown or expanded in Chicago through December 2013.

Companies – both global and domestic – continue to locate and expand in Chicago to take advantage of all the city has to offer, including its tremendous talent pool and access to the world.

International and domestic companies continue to locate and expand in Chicago to take advantage of the city’s tremendous assets.

International and domestic companies continue to locate and expand in Chicago taking advantage of the city’s tremendous assets. Here are some highlights from the past quarter.

World Business Chicago’s 2012 Business Growth Profile highlights the year's major new and expanded businesses, and specific economic development trends evident in the Chicago region

This month, Clayco, Inc., a major national development and construction company, announced it will move its national headquarters to Chicago, creating hundreds of new jobs. Many other companies also expanded or announced growth plans in Chicago over the past few months. See the list.

This month, Abe’s Market, a natural goods ecommerce site, announced it is moving its corporate headquarters to Chicago in order to accommodate growth and access Chicago’s vast talent pool and burgeoning tech community. Abe's is one of the more than 90 companies included on our list of those growing in Chicago over the past 3 months.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined DeVry Inc. President, CEO, and WBC Board member Daniel Hamburger to welcome DeVry Online Services to its new Chicago home office. Many other companies also located or expanded in Chicago this past quarter, as evident in this list.

Chicago’s economy continued to show signs of recovery in 2011 and World Business Chicago experienced this upward trend firsthand. In 2011, WBC directly assisted 106 companies with relocation and expansion, 15 of which are showcased in this report on Chicago's 2011 business growth.

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