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Transportation & Logistics Tech

Chicago is where the transportation, distribution and logistics (TD&L) meet innovation: we’re a top market globally for logistics tech. As the nation’s transportation and logistics hub, our central location serves as a crossroads for moving both freight and people. Our TD&L industry is one of the largest in the country, and a significant pillar for our local economy.



As of Q2 2022 $27.8B

Change from Q4 2019  -2.0%

MSA Rank #3


As of Q2 2022 16,366

Growth from Q4 2019  +12.2%

MSA Rank #1


As of Q2 2022 265,941

Growth from Q4 2019 +7.8%

MSA Rank #2

The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA's) number is a national ranking and consists of one or more counties that contain a city of 50,000 or more inhabitants, or contain a Census Bureau-defined urbanized area (UA) and have a total population of at least 100,000 (75,000 in New England), ( Chicago's MSA includes the Illinois counties of: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, and counties in Indiana and Wisconsin.


TD&L Continues to Grow

In Chicago’s broader transportation, distribution and logistics (TD&L) sector, high-growth subindustries include rail transportation and warehousing and storage. Chicago is also emerging as a leader in digital freight tech and last-mile delivery services.

Best City for Logistics Tech Globally

Dive deeper: learn about how our logistics tech vertical is one of Chicago’s fastest growing and most important tech verticals in the Research Center’s September 2022 issue of the Chicago Business Bulletin.

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