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Cultivating Relationships Across Chicago's Dynamic Industries

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Our Focus Industries

Each of World Business Chicago's priority industries have been identified as such for their growth and potential. Our Research Center crafted industry profiles to explore.

Explore an overview of Chicago's key industries.  

The report includes numbers and more on GDP, employment and high growth sub- industries.  


Food Innovation & Manufacturing

Chicago is the nation's food innovation and manufacturing capital. The city's proximity to the nation's most productive farmland and an extensive transportation network helped grow the historic industry.

Finance & Fintech

Today, Chicago has the most diverse economy among US metros and the third highest employment in the finance and insurance sector. 

Innovation & Technology

Chicago is a global hub for innovation and is a leading ecosystem for startups. We’re the nation’s fifth largest startup ecosystem by growth capital and the fourth largest producer of STEM talent.

Life Sciences

Chicago’s Life Sciences industry is a future powerhouse. Concentrated in and around our central business district, more lab space than ever is coming online.


Chicago has been famously called the “City that works.” We have  that moniker because Chicago has one of the largest manufacturing industries in the US. 

Transportation & Logistics

Chicago is where transportation, distribution and logistics (TD&L) industry and innovation meet: we’re a top market globally for logistics tech. We are the nation’s transportation and logistics hub, and our central location serves as a crossroads for moving both freight and people.

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