Chicago Business Travel
Chicago is the seat of business and commerce in the Midwest, boasting the largest convention center and largest futures exchange in the country, thriving business and financial districts, and scores of year-round conventions, business events and networking opportunities.
From the time fur traders first settled here in the 18th Century, Chicago has been a place where people come together for business. More than 8.5 million people live in the metropolitan area. Aproximately 46 million people live within a one-day drive. More people travel to Chicago for overnight business trips than any other destination in the country. Chicago has more than 300,000 business establishments, including 30 Fortune 500 headquarters.
When compared to other cities, Chicago is #1 in manufactoring, #1 in business service professionals, #1 in high-tech workforce, #1 in distribution center, #2 in passenger air and the #2 financial center and Fortune 500 headquarters according to World Business Chicago, a non-profit economic development organization.