Spanning the shores of Lake Michigan with its iconic skyline, Chicago is ranked as the third-largest city in the US, after NYC and Los Angeles. With a flair and flavor like no other city, Chicago’s skyline boasts skyscraping architectural marvels, 77 colorful neighborhoods, 26 beaches, 580 parks and green spaces, and the Chicago River that runs right through the middle of town. Rated as the “best large city in the US,” with the “best quality of urban life,” visitors set a new record in 2018 with 58 million tourists taking in the city’s many landmarks – the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, among others. Chicago’s legendary music scene features a vibrant jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, and gospel culture with award-winning culinary offerings and signature deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hotdogs, and other delicious delights. Chicago is also home to sports teams in each professional league, with two Major League Baseball teams.
The gem of the Midwest, Chicago’s resilient spirit has led the way to the Windy City’s robust and diverse economic sector, with no one sector employing more than 14% of Chicago’s workforce in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan area. With the second-largest central business district in the country, Chicago functions as a major world financial center, as well as a hub for culture, commerce, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the Chicago Board Options, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago houses major future exchanges. The city of Chicago hosts 12 Fortune Global 500 companies along with 17 Financial Times 500 companies. With three Dow 30 companies, Boeing, McDonald’s and Walgreen Boots Alliance, relocating to Chicago, the city ranks as the top metro area for corporate relocations and is also headquarters for Allstate, Caterpillar, Exelon, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International, Sears, United Airlines Holdings, and US Foods.
Contributing to Chicago’s educated workforce are the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago’s tech sector is also the site of a growing number of web startup companies, attracted by a mix of large business customers, federal research dollars, and a large hiring pool fed by the area's universities. These include Basecamp, CareerBuilder, Groupon, GrubHub, Feedburner, Orbitz, NowSecure, and others. With so many options for growing your business and enriching your life, Chicago might just be the ideal city for building and growing your business.