According to Choose DuPage, Site Selection Magazine reported that the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin market saw a record number of new and expanding projects (448) which is more than any other region in the U.S.
“If winning multiple championships establishes dynasties, what do you call it when you win ten years in a row?” asked Site Selection Managing Editor Adam Bruns. “In Chicagoland, they hand the ball back to the ref and act like they’ve been there before. Because they have. Our project data tell us the metro area continues to attract companies and the talent those companies covet. Led by World Business Chicago, the newly formed Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership and most of all by talented professionals, workers and business leaders, the region continues to meet its challenges with creative solutions, bold programs and the sort of candor and openness that’s almost a Chicago brand.”
Big players like Mars Wrigley, Kellogg’s, Google, BMO, EeroQ, Bartesian, New Cold and Lion Electric are among companies that expanded or relocated to Chicago in 2022.
Interesting news, considering the challenges faced by Chicago after COVID-19, but Bruns reported that a recent statistic from Kastle Systems found that among 10 major cities analyzed by how many office workers had returned to the office during a week in February, Austin, Chicago and Houston were the only cities with returned-worker percentages higher than 50%.
But Illinois was not the only state to make the list in a big way.
In Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land also repeated their rankings from last year, with 426 projects and 255 projects, respectively.
In the per capita category, Austin-Round Rock ranked No. 1 and DFW No. 2, followed by Cincinnati at No. 3, Chicagoland at No. 4 and Louisville/Jefferson County at No. 5.