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Market Proximity

Strategically located 50 miles and less than 1 hour drive time south of Downtown Chicago, Kankakee County, Illinois, is ideally positioned to reach the global marketplace.

Key Facts About the Chicago Metropolitan Region:


  • Capital of the Midwest - Economy ranks #3 in the world at $2,838 billion
  • North American Transportation Hub - Air, Rail, Shipping, Interstate Passenger & Freight
  • Key North American Airport System
  • #1 for Private Sector Jobs
  • America's Most Diversified Economy

Source: Metro Economic Growth Alliance of Chicago (MEGA-Chicago)

Centrally located, Chicago provides easy access to the world. The city has 1,400 daily departures to more than 200 cities worldwide, and serves as a hub for six of the nation's seven Class I North American railroads, as well as six major U.S. interstates.

Chicago is a leader in a number of key industries including:

  • Business & Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Health Services
  • Transportation & Distribution
  • and is a global leader in options, futures, and derivatives trading

This combination of market access and economic diversity provides the resources a company needs to flourish. Alongside Chicago's pro-business environment, support services, and unique opportunities for growth, the city also offers a vibrant mix of cultural, educational, and social amenities.

The World's Workforce

  • At the center of one of the largest trading areas in the world: the east-west nexus joining the markets of Europe and Asia and the north-south nexus of NAFTA
  • Chicago's location, central time zone and non-stop passenger service means that you can fly to nearly any U.S. city and return on the same business day
  • Less than 10 hours from the major European business centers
  • A non-stop global gateway to more than 200 international and domestic business centers, with daily non-stops to Japan, Korea and China
  • Only U.S. gateway where six of the nation's seven Class I railroads interchange traffic

Source: World Business Chicago