Industry Profiles

Chicago has one of the world's largest and most diversified economies

Chicago has the most diversified economy in the U.S. and it is a top hub, based on employment and GRP, for many industry clusters. Top industries include Food Manufacturing, Plastics Manufacturing and Financial Technology.
Our Business Development team can make the case for why Chicago is a great location for any industry. For additional information about the Chicago economy, check out all of our Research & Data.

Download Information about Chicago’s Key Industries (PDFs)

Auto Manufacturing

Top employers include Ford, Navistar and Omron.


Top employers include Abbot, AbbVie and Argonne National Laboratory.

Business Services

Top employers include Deloitte, Mayer Brown and Aon Hewitt.


Top employers include Siemens, Exelon and S&C Electric Company.

Fabricated Metals

Top employers include Atkore, Handi-Foil and Spraying Systems.


Top employers include J.P. Morgan Chase, Avant and Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Food Manufacturing

Top employers include Kraft, Pepsi and Nestle.

Freight & Logistics

Top employers include FedEx, UPS and Metra.

Health Services

Top employers include Advocate, Presence Health and Walgreens.

Information Technology

Top employers include Motorola, Groupon and HERE.


Top employers include Abbott, Kraft and Motorola.

Medical Technology

Top employers include Baxter, Siemens and Medline.

Plastics & Chemicals

Top employers include Abbott, Ecolab and Pactiv.


Top employers include Exelon, Nalco and Sargent & Lundy.

Additional Data Downloads

Chicago’s largest companies by industry.

A list of R&D centers in the Chicago metro.

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