World Business Chicago is the city of Chicago’s public‑private economic development agency.

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WBC’s First Open House

We celebrated one year at our office located at 180 N LaSalle with +200  business & civic leaders, ecosystem partners & friends, leaders from our international communities including many Consul Generals, and WBC alumni.

The event was a strong testament to the daily economic development efforts of all who were present including our partners in the mayor’s office, consular core, non-profit profits, economic development entities and board members.

View photos from the event here: https://www.maseophoto.com/Local-Events/World-Business-Chicago/n-wmV3gN

DRIVING ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Three new retail experiences are lifting up small businesses by providing brick-and-mortar space on the Mag Mile and transforming vacant store fronts.

Visit them at:

The Chicago Food Stop, 875 N Michigan worldbusinesschicago.com/chicago-food-stop

Nordic House, 400 N Michigan & Argentine Connection, 410 N Michigan worldbusinesschicago.com/showcase

CHICAGO STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE

As a leading global city, Chicago is proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

World Business Chicago was proud to name the Kyiv Committee as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2022 Chicago International Gala. The Global Strategic Initiatives team at World Business Chicago is responsible for managing volunteers for Chicago Sister Cities International and works closely with the Sister City Kyiv Committee.

Donate to Ukraine:  chicagosistercities.com/support-ukraine

pro-CHICAGO DECISIONS

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.

worldbusinesschicago.com/pro-chicago-decisions

 

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.

 

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

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

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.

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