West Chicago’s earliest settlers recognized the community’s potential as a major industrial center. Today, approximately 40 percent of the city’s 13.5 square miles is zoned for offices and industry and another 20 percent for commercial use, making West Chicago one of the western suburbs’ primary business hubs.
Excellent rail, air and highway transportation, a well-trained, well-educated workforce, and the availability of 2,200 acres of commercial land with modern infrastructure are just some of the many reasons 15 Fortune 500 companies – and a host of others – have located their businesses in West Chicago. General Mills, Jel-Sert, AT&T, George J. Ball Horticultural, WinCup, Navistar, and Alumaxx are just a few of the companies who conduct business nationally and internationally from their offices and/or manufacturing facilities in West Chicago.
In all, more than 1,100 businesses have operations in West Chicago. Employment among the city’s 20 largest companies ranges from more than 585 (at General Mills) to about 130. The diversity of the city’s industrial firms encompasses everything from telephone products to styrofoam cups to trucks to beverage mixes.
West Chicago’s Economic Development Department, together with a supportive local government, are prepared to assist with site selection, business counseling and services, and provide resources for private and public financing. Area community colleges customize on-site training of workers.
Ten hotels with facilities for business lodging and meetings are located within a 10 mile radius of West Chicago. Pheasant Run’s Mega Center can accommodate up to 3,500 persons.