• #1 for Corporate Expansions
  • 327 major business expansions and relocations in 2020
  • #1 Best big city in the U.S. five years in a row
  • 12 new tech unicorns in 2021
  • 378 startups were founded over the last five years
  • $5.5B in venture funding raised
  • Two of the five DOE National Quantum Initiative Centers
  • 6,151 Chicago tech startups
  • 26% of Chicago’s tech workforce is Black or Latino
  • #1 U.S. city for angel & seed-stage funding for Black and Latino founders
  • #1 highest concentration of women-owned startups in the world
  • 1,200+ certified minority-owned businesses
  • #1 most immigrant-friendly out of the 100 largest U.S. cities
  • #3 fastest growing tech hub by salary
  • A $671B economy
  • 90,000+ STEM jobs added since 2010
  • 37 Fortune 500 Companies
  • #2 largest producer of computer science degrees in the U.S.
  • #1 most connected airport in U.S.
  • 20% lower rents than other major U.S. cities
  • 35% lower cost of living than San Francisco
  • 30% lower cost of living than NYC
  • 600+ parks spanning 12,429 total acres
  • 26 miles of lakefront
  • 15 miles of sandy beaches
  • #2 highest percentage of commuters riding their bikes to work
  • Named #1 best food and drink city in the world by Time Out
  • 8 major league sports teams to cheer for
  • 500+ theaters and live music venues
  • 60+ museums
  • 77 distinct neighborhoods
  • #1 for Corporate Expansions
  • 327 major business expansions and relocations in 2020
  • #1 Best big city in the U.S. five years in a row
  • 12 new tech unicorns in 2021
  • 378 startups were founded over the last five years
  • $5.5B in venture funding raised
  • Two of the five DOE National Quantum Initiative Centers
  • 6,151 Chicago tech startups
  • 26% of Chicago’s tech workforce is Black or Latino
  • #1 U.S. city for angel & seed-stage funding for Black and Latino founders
  • #1 highest concentration of women-owned startups in the world
  • 1,200+ certified minority-owned businesses
  • #1 most immigrant-friendly out of the 100 largest U.S. cities
  • #3 fastest growing tech hub by salary
  • A $671B economy
  • 90,000+ STEM jobs added since 2010
  • 37 Fortune 500 Companies
  • #2 largest producer of computer science degrees in the U.S.
  • #1 most connected airport in U.S.
  • 20% lower rents than other major U.S. cities
  • 35% lower cost of living than San Francisco
  • 30% lower cost of living than NYC
  • 600+ parks spanning 12,429 total acres
  • 26 miles of lakefront
  • 15 miles of sandy beaches
  • #2 highest percentage of commuters riding their bikes to work
  • Named #1 best food and drink city in the world by Time Out
  • 8 major league sports teams to cheer for
  • 500+ theaters and live music venues
  • 60+ museums
  • 77 distinct neighborhoods

Resources

Innovation Hubs

Bridging Illinois’ world-class research, talent, and industry to commercialize new technologies that create economic opportunity and solve important challenges in key Illinois industries.

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Chicago tech companies weren’t messing around in 2021, and they earned significant infusions of VC capital as a result.

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Incubators

Explore Chicago tech incubators that are helping early-stage startups bring their ideas to life with seed funding, mentoring, workspace, and training.

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Accelerators

For existing companies with an idea and business model in place, these tech accelerators can help speed up growth through financing, mentorship, connections, and more.

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Chicago is a welcome counter to tech’s homogenous track record by empowering minority and female-led startups with an environment built for their success.

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Inclusivity Champions

Meet the people and organizations who are helping Chicago become the best place for Black, Latin, and female tech founders and talent to make their mark.

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Save the Date

Browse events where you can connect and collaborate with fellow Chicago tech thinkers, dreamers, and doers.

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Find Chicago Jobs

Ready to make your mark on Chicago’s tech scene? Browse jobs for people with daring ideas and the drive to bring them to life.

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