180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2505, Chicago, IL 60601


In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and led by ChicagoNEXT, ThinkChicago is World Business Chicago’s national STEM attraction and retention program for Chicago technology and innovation companies. ThinkChicago invites university students from across the city, state, and country to unleash their career potential with Chicago’s leading technology companies. ThinkChicago’s flagship programs include three-day student immersive programs during two key cultural events – Lollapalooza and Chicago Ideas Week. Additional programs include campus events (roadshows), strategic partnerships with Chicago and Illinois universities, and ongoing marketing efforts to highlight why Chicago continues to lead and grow as a global tech hub.

Since 2010, ThinkChicago has engaged 3,000+ students to explore Chicago’s vibrant tech scene where we showcase innovation hubs, fast-growing tech companies, and corporate innovation leaders. Students are accepted into the program based on their interest in technology, innovation,  entrepreneurship, and a commitment to excellence as demonstrated by academic, professional, and/or extracurricular activities. To learn more, visit www.ThinkChicago.net.

Our Goals

ThinkChicago brings the most diverse, highest achieving students through the doors of Chicago’s top tech companies.

We curate experiences that expose students and recent graduates to Chicago’s thriving cultural and tech world, encouraging them to see themselves here after graduation.

ThinkChicago leverages the skills and civic interest of students and companies to create lasting value for the city of Chicago.