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Chicago is at the center of the east-west nexus joining Europe and Asia, and the north-south nexus of NAFTA. Our airport system handles 1,460 daily departures, with non-stop service to 200+ global destinations. Six of the nation's seven Class I railroads connect here, and virtually every major data network in the world intersects here.

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Best connected airport in the U.S. according to MIT's Airport Connectivity Quality Index.

14%

is the largest portion of the workforce that any single industry employs in Chicago.

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Chicago's not a one-industry-town. That diversification keeps the economy strong even during times of trouble for certain sectors.

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