WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING
of a new economic development organization driving business growth, creating
jobs and providing unbeatable customer service, topped off with our famous
Midwestern hospitality and work ethic.

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We're the 17th largest economy in the world

Home to the finest transportation and logistics network in the country

The biggest producer of agricultural products

One of the largest interstate networks in the world

Companies of all sizes, from 34 Fortune 500’s to budding entrepreneurs

A state that loves to compete. Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Blackhawks. NBA Champions, The Bulls. Super Bowl Champions,
The Bears. 2016 World Series Winners, The Cubs. The White Sox. Recent home of the NFL draft

We’re home to America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research

A state of creation and innovation, 83 Nobel Prize winners

The Internet was created here

The most educated employees in the Midwest, with more than 38% of our workforce holding a bachelor’s degree or higher

The 3rd fastest tech growth in the country according to CBRE

5 international airports that can get you anywhere in North America within 4 hours

The 3rd largest interstate system in the country

All seven of the country’s Class 1 freight
railroads
, carrying 50 percent of all product
transported by rail in the country, move through Illinois

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13 technology parks and 87 incubators and accelerators to grow your idea into a business

Entertainment for all, no matter your age or interests: you can enjoy world class opera, Michelin-starred restaurants, a thriving theater community including the Tony Award winning Steppenwolf and iconic Second City, over 40 different film festivals, and Lollapalooza, one of the world’s premier music festivals

True farm to table eating in the country’s breadbasket, with a growing foodie scene- just ask the James Beard Awards or Taste of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium are all in Illinois

Illinois features a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Abraham Lincoln heritage sites, including Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln’s Tomb and his home