- Chicago has a full suite of transportation, distribution, and logistics companies, with over 14,593 TDL firms – the highest number in the country – operating in Chicago, including 24 of the top 25 third party logistics providers, including the top 5: H. Robinson, XPO Logistics, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, J.B. Hunt, and Expeditors.
- The TDL industry in Chicago is the nation’s second largest, by number employed, with 224,250 employed as of the end of the second quarter 2020.
- Within the broader TDL industry, Chicago leads the nation in truck transport employment, with over 55,000 employed in the second quarter of 2020.
- Trade moving through O’Hare for first half of 2020 is up 10.06% compared to the first half of 2019, representing $110B – $25.4B export and $84.6B in imports.
- Chicago is the third largest intermodal system globally, benefiting from 200 million consumers within a 500-mile radius and 30% of North American consumers within a one-day truck drive.
- Chicago is the nation’s rail hub, with six of the seven Class I railroads operating major terminals, which is the only U.S. gateway where these Class I railroads can interchange traffic.
- O’Hare is the nation’s second largest port by value, with 6.2% of all US trade.
- Chicago has the largest industrial market in the US by square feet with over 1/3 more inventory than the next largest market (LA).
- Among top metros for the TDL industry, Chicago produces the most ethnically-diverse talent pool, with Chicago City Colleges Olive-Harvey College in the top 5 nationally for Black TDL talent.
- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne ranks number 4 in the nation for number of data science graduates.
- Chicago is ranked within the Top Ten Cities for Tech Degree Graduates.
- Chicago has the second largest data scientist workforce in the in nation.
- Chicago has 7,250 transportation, storage, and distribution managers, 6,740 logisticians, and 3,370 operations research analysts.
- Chicago has a robust ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, and industry groups, being ranked at the 7th most innovative city globally. This combined with one of the most diversified economies, fosters partnerships at the intersection of tech and industries that lead to new startups and innovation.
- The greater Chicago region includes over 200 TDL startups founded since 2010, with a total of $3.66 billion raised, $2.23 billion in 2019 alone.
- Chicago’s Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) builds research teams, matches them with funding, and awards R&D seed grants to principal investigators from University of Illinois system universities and university partners for research in TDL. 2019 grantees included research on high-speed autonomous vehicles. DPI projects to have trained and educated over 10,000 students by 2024 and generated over $700M in economic activity through research and innovation programming.
- Illinois ranks 9th in the US for National Science Foundation awards and UIUC ranks 6th compared to nationwide universities. In 2019 Illinois institutions and small businesses received $39M for engineering research – $5M to small engineering businesses.
- The Chicago metro area has more logistics and transportation companies than any other metro area on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies 2020
- In Illinois, jobs postings within the truck transportation subsector have increased 17% over last year.
- United Airlines – 9200
- UPS – 5500
- Amtrak – 2095
- Uber – 1900
- American Airlines – 1800
- CH Robinson – 1600
- Echo Global Logistics – 1400
- Coyote Logistics – 1200
- BNSF – 715
- CCC Information Services – 600
- Partstown – 600
- DSC Logistics – 550
- J.B. Hunt – 520
- DHL Global – 475
- YRC – 334