Italy - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 75 Italian companies in greater Chicago including: Alitalia, Amplifon S.p.A, Armani, Barilla, , Cosmed, CNH, Edizione, Ermenegildo Zegna, ESSROC, Ferragamo, Fiat, HMS Host, Lavazza, Luxottica Group, Pastificio Rana, Prima Power, and Waterjet
  • There are an estimated 80+ Chicago-area companies in Italy including: Abbott Laboratories, A.T. Kearney, Baxter, Boeing, Grant Thornton, Hyatt, Illinois Tool Works, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions and Underwriters Laboratories
  • Italian Consulate General in Chicago
  • Italian Trade Commission in Chicago
  • Italy-US Chamber of Commerce in Chicago
  • Chicago-Milan Sister City relationship since 1973
  • There are 6 weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations in Italy
  • An estimated 560,000 Italian-Americans reside in the Chicago area
Recent Expansions
  • Versace, retail, opening in Chicago, 2016
  • Ermenegildo Zegna, retail store in Chicago, 2013
  • Waterjet USA LLC, NA HQ in Geneva, 2013
  • ar.vit, sole US facility in Aurora, 2012
  • MTA USA Corp., NA HQ in Schaumburg, 2011 (MTA)
  • Pastificio Rana, first US production plant in Bartlett, 2011
Total Trade, 2016: US $2.5 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $2.2 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Aircraft parts, machinery parts, pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals and vehicles
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $339 million
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Machinery parts, medical instruments, electric machinery, precious stones and leather