List of companies in the Chicago metropolitan area

This is a list of companies in the Chicago metropolitan area. The Chicago metropolitan area, or "Chicagoland", is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. With an estimated population of 9.4 million people, it is the third largest metropolitan area in the United States.[2] Chicagoland is the area that is closely linked to the city through geographic, social, economic, and cultural ties.

Top publicly traded
companies in metro Chicago

according to revenues
with metro and U.S. rankings
Metro Corporation US
1 Walgreens Boots Alliance 17
2 Boeing 24
3 State Farm 33
4 Archer Daniels Midland 45
5 Caterpillar 74
6 United Continental 83
7 Allstate 84
8 Exelon 89
9 Deere 105
10 Mondelēz International 109
11 AbbVie 111
12 McDonald's 112
13 US Foods 124
14 Sears Holdings 127
15 Abbott Laboratories 135
16 Conagra Brands 197
17 CDW 199
18 Illinois Tool Works 202
19 Discover Financial 277
20 Baxter 281
21 W. W. Grainger 282
22 LKQ Corporation 304
23 Tenneco 322
24 Navistar 337
25 Univar 338
26 Anixter 359
27 RR Donnelley 388
28 Jones Lang LaSalle 391
29 Dover Corporation 392
30 Tree House Foods 427
31 Motorola Solutions 433
32 Old Republic International 439
33 Packaging Corporation of America 450
34 Ingredion 456
35 Arthur J. Gallagher 462
36 Essendant 487
Further information:
Companies in the Chicago area

Source: Fortune 500 2017[1]

Architecture and engineering


Real estate


Consumer goods

Apparel and accessories

Gifts and collectables

Home furnishings and equipment

Household goods

Music equipment

Personal care


Education and reference


Art supplies







Office supplies and stationary



Sports, games, and toys


Financial services


Credit and payments




Private equity and hedge funds

Food and beverages






Restaurant chains


Health services

Pharmaceuticals and medical devices


Provider goods and services


Agricultural equipment


Building materials





Plumbing and piping



Media and entertainment





TV, film, and radio

Professional and business services




Management consulting

Marketing and public relations

Recruiting, human resources and payroll

Technology consulting








Telecommunications and networking

Video games

Travel and transportation

Aviation support

Consumer travel





Out of state and foreign companies with a major presence

There are other large corporations with an established presence in Chicago and/or its suburbs (but whose corporate headquarters are located elsewhere), including:




Financial services

Food, beverages and agriculture

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals



Professional services


Travel and transportation

See also


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  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014 - United States -- Combined Statistical Area; and for Puerto Rico 2014 Population Estimates" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Bianchi, Laura (January 6, 2017). "Mini profile of architect Adrian Smith". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Goldsborough, Bob (March 9, 2016). "Cubs chairman building $11 million mansion on Wilmette lakefront". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Johnson, Community Contributor Taylor (October 14, 2016). "Baird & Warner Good Will Network Donates $100,000 to Chicagoland Charities". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  6. ^ State, Illinois. Office of Secretary of (1909). Certified List of Domestic and Foreign Corporations for the Year. Secretary of State. p. 71. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Goldsmith, Samuel (July 27, 2009). "Jewelry company LifeGem turning Michael Jackson's hair into diamondsBy". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: Trademarks. U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office. 1996. p. TM7. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Pleijsier, H. (2008). Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles: Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos and Ukuleles 1883-1940. Centerstream Pub. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-57424-227-0. Retrieved January 31, 2017. The new Lyon & Healy Building, situated in downtown Chicago at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Wabash ...
  10. ^ Liebenson, Donald (January 24, 2014). "Chicago Review Press acquires Academy Chicago Publishers". Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Plunkett, J.W. (2005). Plunkett's Retail Industry Almanac 2006. Plunkett Research Limited. p. 579. ISBN 978-1-59392-055-5. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Sky, Blue (November 17, 2016). "Bucketfeet rocks local art and global inspiration at West Loop office". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  13. ^ Media, A.; Wallace, R. (2004). The National JobBank 2005. NATIONAL JOBBANK. Adams Media Corporation. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-59337-104-3. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Beam Suntory moving HQ to Merchandise Mart". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  16. ^ "McDonald's officially opens HQ in Chicago, leaving Oak Brook campus behind". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  17. ^ "General Dynamics acquires NICTA start-up Open Kernel Labs". NICTA. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Pasta maker Barilla moving Americas HQ to Northbrook". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Our Agencies | IPG". IPG. Interpublic Group. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  20. ^ "New tenant Yelp wastes no time expanding at Merchandise Mart". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
5 Rabbit Cervecería

5 Rabbit Cervecería is a brewery in Chicago, Illinois, United States, that was founded in 2011. It is "the first Latin-themed craft brewery in the United States". Many of the beers are brewed with ingredients inspired by Hispanic cuisine and culture. The name of the brewery is a reference to the Aztec deity Macuiltochtli.

Chicago Options Associates

Chicago Options Associates (COA) is a finance company in Chicago, Illinois which specializes in trading options and futures contracts. It was founded in 1987 by Oliver R. W. Pergams and Michael E. Davis. In 1994 Davis was its chief executive officer, hiring then-graduate student Jimmy Wales as research director; Wales served in this position until 1998.

The company and Davis were the subject of litigation resulting from a 2007 Illinois Supreme Court decision. In Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, plaintiff Brian Dowling successfully sued the company (and Davis), winning a judgement of US$817,830.45 from both defendants. Davis tried to shield his assets by transferring funds to a law firm, DLA Piper, which had assisted him in buying a home in Florida. During this representation, Davis paid a retainer of $100,000 to DLA Piper; Dowling maintained that he was owed this money. Although the circuit and appellate courts agreed with Dowling, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed and found with DLA Piper. The Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association filed amicus curiae briefs in the case, favoring the law firm's position. This decision by the Illinois Supreme Court was the first time the concept of "advance payment retainer" was recognized in the state, and the court codified its ruling into a 2009 regulation affecting legal practice in Illinois.

Economy of Chicago

Chicago and its suburbs, which together comprise the Chicago Metropolitan Area, is home to 36 Fortune 500 companies and is a transportation and distribution center. Manufacturing, printing, publishing, insurance, transportation, financial trading & services, and food processing also play major roles in the city's economy. The total economic output of Chicago in GMP totaled US$703.9B in 2018 making Chicago equivalent to the 20th largest economy in the world just surpassing the total economic output of Switzerland.

List of Illinois companies

This is a list of Illinois companies which includes notable companies that are headquartered in Illinois, or were previously headquartered in Illinois. In general, this list does not include companies headquartered in one of the municipalities of the Chicago metropolitan area.

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