World Business Chicago is the city of Chicago’s public‑private economic development agency.Chicago News
RESILIENCY IS IN OUR DNA
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a collective trauma that subsequent generations of Chicagoans hoped they would never endure.
The city was spared until the global pandemic of 2020, which brought myriad challenges. As it was 150 years ago, the road ahead is not short, or easy, or without challenges.
Just as before, the stakes are too high, the opportunity – too great, the reward – too enduring, to give anything less than the totality of our effort.
In response to the unprecedented crises of 2020, Chicago was the first U.S. city to publish a recovery plan.
World Business Chicago continues to drive economic recovery and the expansion of business by leaning into priority industries.
Priority industries are manufacturing, transportation and logistics, food manufacturing, tech and innovation, life sciences and fintech.
The World Business Chicago Research Center curates and publishes original content each month, including an economic dashboard.
Here, you can learn why Chicago’s resiliency is due in part to the fact that no one industry makes up more than 14% of the total, and more.
Our key performance indicator, or primary method of measuring our efforts, is through pro-Chicago decisions — companies that are making decisions to relocate here, or expand and grow existing businesses here.
These companies benefit from the city’s diverse economy and the strength of its connected business and industry.
WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to drive inclusive economic growth and job creation, support existing and prospective businesses, and promote Chicago as a leading global city.
Our vision is to make Chicago the most business-friendly city in the world by becoming a role model for inclusive economic growth, ensuring that all Chicagoans prosper and thrive.
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Forging strong partnerships across all industries and ecosystems
World Business Chicago cultivates relationships across all of our city’s dynamic industries. Connect with us about your corporate growth or expansion, and learn why Chicago is a top-ranked city in the U.S. and world for business.
The Research Center at World Business Chicago: Our team is an extension of your team—providing information and guidance on Chicago’s diverse economy so you can better navigate key decisions.
- Strategic insights about Chicago’s economy
- Easily accessible visual data and rankings
- Streamlined approach to local incentives and opportunities
- Economic Recovery Dashboard
- Chicago Business Bulletin
- Daily research analysis of Chicago’s economy and business ecosystem
Our mission is to drive inclusive economic growth and job creation, support businesses, and promote Chicago as the leading global city to help our existing companies expand as well as attract new companies.
Our vision is to make Chicago the most business-friendly city in the world by becoming a role model for truly inclusive economic growth, ensuring that all Chicagoans prosper through equitable economic development.