Mexico - Chicago Ties

There are 130+ Chicago-area companies in Mexico, and Chicago has a first-of-its-kind Global Cities Economic Partnership with Mexico City

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 130+ Chicago-area companies in Mexico including: Baxter, Groupon, Hyatt, Illinois Tool Works, Ingredion, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, Underwriters Laboratories and United Continental
  • There are at least 10 Mexican companies with a presence in greater Chicago including: Amtex Chemical, Cemex, Bimbo Bakeries and Famsa
  • US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce – Mid America Chapter
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Chicago
  • Chicago-Mexico City Sister City relationship
  • There are 70+ weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations in Mexico
  • An estimated 1.55 million Mexican-Americans reside in the Chicago area
  • First of its kind Global Cities Economic Partnership signed by Mayor Emanuel and Mexico City’s and Mayor Mancera, Nov. 2013
  • Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn led a 3-day Illinois trade mission to Mexico City and signed an MOU with the State of Michoacan, Apr. 2013
Recent Expansions
  • Famsa opened its fourth store in the Chicago area, 2015
  • Grupo Elektra S.A.B., acquired Advance America Cash Advance, 2012
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA, acquired Sara Lee’s North American bakeries units, 2010 (Grupo Bimbo)
Total Trade, 2016: US $21.2 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $11.7 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Electrical machinery, beer and spirits, machinery parts, vehicles and parts, optic instruments and plastics
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $9.5 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Electrical machinery, machinery parts, vehicles and parts, plastics and optic instruments