The research group at WBC informs the design, implementation, assessment, and communication of economic development initiatives for World Business Chicago and its partners.
Our research provides reliable, up-to-date information about the regional economy, highlighting Chicago as a great place for business. Every month, we publish By the Numbers, a summary of important economic trends in the Chicago region.

Explore The Data


Learn more about key sectors in Chicago’s diverse economy.

Labor Force

Research and data regarding jobs, employment and wages in Chicago and the surrounding region.


Information about venture capital investment and patents in Chicago.


Learn more about Chicago’s population, with information about cost of living, educational attainment and neighborhoods.

Business Economy

Find information about Chicago’s business economy, including GRP, business indices, real estate data, taxes and worker compensation.


Information about Chicago tourism and international trade.

Research Inquiries

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