The City That Works

The Chicago area is home to 27 Fortune 500 companies, including Boeing, Kraft Foods, McDonald's and Motorola, as well as new economy success stories like Groupon and Cleversafe. Everything from manufacturing to biotechnology thrives here. In addition to succeeding at home, our companies have a strong presence abroad, with over 4,500 locations in more than 150 countries.

Chicago has one of the world's largest and most diversified economies, with nearly 4.3 million employees and a gross regional product (GRP) of approximately $500 billion. The Chicago region as a whole has 9.5 million people and over 260,000 businesses.

In 2009, Chicago was ranked the 10th most visited city in the U.S. by overseas travelers with an estimated 1,130,000 overseas visitors (excluding Canada and Mexico). Centrally located, Chicago provides easy access to the world. The city has 2,900 daily flights including direct and nonstop service to more than 200 cities worldwide, and serves as a hub for North America's railroads and highways.

Learn more about the regional economy from World Business Chicago, the city's economic development office. The Chicago NATO Host Committee serves under the auspices of World Business Chicago.