Why Chicago?

Why Chicago?

Find out how Chicago’s robust economy, vibrant tech ecosystem, commitment to equity, and high-quality of life (at a lower price tag!) are making it a world-class hub of innovation.

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

Chicago by the Numbers

A Global Economy with a Vibrant Tech Ecosystem

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$7B raised by Chicago tech firms in 2021—more than double from 2020


Fastest growing tech hub by salary


Metro for new and expanding companies for nearly a decade

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23 tech unicorns call Chicago home, with 12 minted in 2021 alone

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Most diversified economy of the largest 10 U.S. metros based on employment


Chicago tech companies (and counting!)


STEM jobs added since 2010

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Fortune 500 Companies in Illinois with 15 in Chicago alone


Largest producer of computer science degrees in the U.S.

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VC firms in the city, the nation, and around the globe should take note; Chicago’s start-up system is primed to be a world leader.


A Community Built on Diversity & Inclusion

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Of Chicago’s tech workforce is Black or Latinx


Of Chicago startups are run by women—the highest concentration of women-owned startups in the world


City in the US for angel & seed-stage funding for Black and Latin Founders

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Certified minority-owned businesses


Home to the oldest official LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the country


Most immigrant-friendly out of the 100 largest U.S. cities

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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.


A World-Class City with a Low Cost of Living

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Named Best Big City in the U.S. 5 years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards


Lower rents than other major U.S. cities, with a cost of living 35% lower than San Francisco and 30% lower than NYC


Parks spanning 12,429 total acres


Miles of lakefront

Iconic Chicago buildings, including the John Hancock Center, Water Tower Place, Lakepoint Tower, and more


Miles of sandy beaches


Highest percentage of commuters riding their bikes to work


Named Time Out’s best food and drink city in the world


Major league sports teams to cheer for


Theaters and live music venues



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Distinct neighborhoods

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