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a global business needs

“Dual-hub” airport with over 1,400 flights per day

  • Non-stop service to more than 200 domestic and international locations

Top 5 container port in the world

  • Only U.S. gateway where six of the nation’s seven Class I railroads interchange traffic
  • One of the nation’s largest intermodal activity centers

North American hub of fiber-optic telecom

GRP of over $500B

Significant jobs in a range of industries; a leader in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, business and financial services
  • Support services including transportation, logistics, wholesale and warehousing/distribution
  • Health services

Home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters:

  • 30 Fortune 500*
  • 11 Fortune Global 500*
  • 16 Financial Times Global 500*

(*includes Archer Daniels Midland HQs relocation, announced in December 2013)

300 corporate R&D facilities

Top 10 global destination city based on investment

Creative hub with cutting edge architecture, fashion design and digital media

Emphasis on growing sustainable “green” businesses

4.4 million workers in the metro region:

  • 730,000+ in professional and business services
  • 520,000+ in health services
  • 410,000+ in manufacturing
  • 287,000+ in financial services

65,000+ college students in or near downtown

  • 145,000+ degrees from Chicago area colleges & universities

Home to two of America’s top business schools:

  • Booth School of Business at University of Chicago
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Affordable cost of living

  • Lower than N.Y., Boston, S.F., L.A., and D.C.

26 miles of lakefront and 580 parks

Nearly 15,000 restaurants

10 professional sports teams

World-renowned symphony, opera, and dance

365 performing arts companies and 40+ museums

More sustainable (green) buildings than any U.S. metro