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Let the numbers speak for themselves

  • 30+ Fortune 500 headquarters, amongst the highest number in the Midwest
  • 5th largest GDP in the nation, 18th largest economy in the world
  • #2 in the nation for business expansions and relocations in 2022
  • Deep talent pool of a 6.4 million person workforce, 35% educated with a Bachelor's degree or higher from 247 higher education institutions
  • Chicago’s O’Hare ranks as the most connected airport in the world
  • 5 Federal Laboratories - USDA Agricultural Research Service, DoD U.S. Transportation Command, DoD Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • 84 international consulates, and 6 international trade offices (in Belgium, Canada, China, Israel, Japan and Mexico)
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Key Facts

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  • #2 in sustainable development
  • 83% of the continental U.S. within two-day truck drive
  • Largest inland port in North America
  • Only state with all seven Class 1 railroads
  • Over $10.3B of venture investment in 2022 alone, 4th largest in the nation
  • #1 state for private food manufacturing R&D
  • Home to more than 13.6K life sciences firms
  • 4th highest manufacturing GRP in the U.S.
  • Top 10 state for IT jobs and GDP
  • #5 data center destination in the world
  • #4 in U.S. in transportation and warehousing establishments
  • #4 in U.S. for small businesses and small-business payroll
Major Employers

Illinois’ strong business climate attracts some of the most iconic companies on the planet, from State Farm to Walgreens and McDonalds to John Deere. Its over 30 Fortune 500 company headquarters and more than 2,000 foreign-based businesses all contribute to a thriving business environment across multiple sectors. The state also has a vibrant community of 1.2 million small businesses in a diverse range of industries.

advanced manufacturing

Peoria, Illinois
5,701 Employees


Westmont, Illinois
4,619 Employees


Deer Park, Illinois
3,950 Employees


Harvey, Illinois
3,000 Employees


Harvard, Illinois
3,602 Employees


Decatur, Illinois
3,346 Employees


Du Quoin, Illinois
3,340 Employees

Mondelez International Logo

Chicago, Illinois
2,000 Employees

Lion Electric Company Logo

Channahon, Illinois
1,350 Employees

Rivian Logo

Normal, Illinois
11,500 Employees

Navistar Logo

Lisle, Illinois
12,300 Employees

EVBox Logo

Libertyville, Illinois
750+ Employees

Information Technology

Schiller Park, Illinois
8,200 Employees

att logo

Chicago, Illinois
3,000 Employees


Oak Brook, Illinois
2,479 Employees


Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2,052 Employees

Life sciences

Lake Zurich, Illinois
1,500 Employees


Arlington Heights, Illinois
1,498 Employees


Northbrook, Illinois
1,338 Employees

Abbvie logo

North Chicago, Illinois
1,313 Employees

Transportation & Logistics
Capstone Logistics Logo

Chicago, Illinois
5,046 Employees

United Logo

Chicago, Illinois
4,768 Employees

UPS Logo

Chicago, Illinois
4,126 Employees


Bolingbrook, Illinois
3,378 Employees