United Kingdom - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 300+ UK-based companies at 650 locations in greater Chicago including: Aon, BP, Diageo, Dyson, FirstGroup, HSBC, Pearson, Synovate and Willis Group Holdings Ltd.
  • There are an estimated 200+ Chicago-area companies in the UK including: ITW and Marmon Group
  • British Consulate General in Chicago
  • British-American Business Council in Chicago
  • Chicago-Birmingham Sister City relationship since 1993
  • There are 11 daily nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations within the United Kingdom
  • An estimated half-million people claiming English, Scotch or Scotch-Irish ancestry reside in the Chicago area
  • Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower, 2009
Recent Expansions
  • British School of Chicago, second campus, South Loop, opened 2015
  • BP plc, $4 billion refinery upgrade, Whiting, completed 2014
  • Virgin Group, first Virgin Hotel in the US, 2014
  • John Crane, HQ, relocation from Morton Grove to downtown Chicago, 2013 (Smiths Group)
  • Dyson Ltd., call center, Aurora, 2013
  • Eastspring Investments, NA HQ, 2012 (Prudential Corp.)
  • Aon plc, 750 new jobs, 2012
  • Diageo plc, plant and technical center, 2008
  • Willis Group Holdings Ltd., Midwest HQ, 2008
Total Trade with Illinois, 2014: $3.6 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2014: US $2 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2014: engines, machinery, steel, medical instruments, electrical machinery, reimports, chemicals, plastics, auto parts and trucks, spirits, medical supplies, paperboard
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2014: US $1.6 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2014: engines, valves, electrical machinery, briquettes, cars and car parts, medical equipment, civilian aircraft, plastics, chemicals, metal goods, artworks, pharmaceuticals