Workforce & Education

With a diversified workforce, businesses can recruit the best talent for any market—whether it’s manufacturing, professional services, finance, insurance, wholesale, retail, healthcare, transportation and logistics, hospitality, or even moviemaking.

Tremendous Talent Pipeline

Access to the Country’s Brightest Minds

2 of the top 4 business schools in Chicago

Within a four-hour drive, 3 of the Top 10 Engineering programs; 2 of the Top 10 Computer Engineering programs.

119,000 graduates

from 123 higher-education institutions.

More than 1.4 million

are ages 18-34.


is the percentage of national talent the Midwest produces. Chicago is the largest destination for talent in the Midwest.

More than 3.7 million working-age adults

are within a 50-minute commute of downtown Chicago. Chicago is the most educated of the seven largest U.S. cities.

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