Welcome to Lake County, Illinois.

Boasting all of the business, infrastructure and cultural benefits of a world-class metropolitan area, but at a fraction of the cost compared to coastal metros and even downtown Chicago.

Scroll down to learn why your business belongs in Lake County.

Major Markets within an Easy Drive.

We’re centrally located between two major midwestern metropolitan hubs —Chicago and Milwaukee. Positioned along the Interstate 94 corridor —putting the county within a one-day drive to most major industry in North America.

Diverse Commerce.

Strong base of 30,000+ businesses—public, private, small, mid- size and large—representing key industries known for their growth and innovation.

Key industries include Life Sciences, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Professional & Technology Services, and more.

Global Industries.

In 2018, the Life Sciences and Biopharma cluster in Lake County saw a Gross Regional Product of $11.9 billion, accounting for more than 53% of that sector’s output for the entire state of Illinois.

Prominent companies include Walgreens, Caterpillar, Abbott, AbbVie, Discover, CDW, Grainger, Horizon Therapeutics, Chicago Bears, Siemens Building Technologies, Zebra Technologies and so many others.

Deep Talent Pool.

Lake county spans 1,300+ square miles, with a population of nearly 700,000, and access to Chicagoland’s 9.4 million. Nearly 46% of residents have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, which is 13% more than the national average.

Lake County’s talent pool is among the deepest in the country.

Tight-knit System of Commuter Options.

Metra’s four rail lines featuring 32 train stations coupled with Pace’s clean-diesel coach bus fleet and over 550 miles of trail and bikeway connections make it easy for businesses to draw talent from across the region’s workforce.

Air Transportation Made Easy.

Three nearby international airports—O’Hare International, Midway International, and Mitchell International—provide hundreds of daily flights to cities around the world.

Convenient private and executive aircraft service is readily accessible at Waukegan National Airport.

A Strong Supply Chain.

With the nearby Waukegan Port District and Port of Chicago and the proximity of factories, warehouses and rail lines, businesses in Lake County are at a strategic crossroads for goods distribution.

The region is one of the largest rail corridors in North America. Illinois has seven class I railroads and the largest intermodal system in the U.S.

Nature’s Playground.

Lake County is not just a place where businesses thrive—its vibrant communities also offer the perfect backdrop for a fulfilling life. From the beauty of beaches along Lake Michigan to countless acres of Lake County Forest Preserves, waterways, lakes, parks, golf courses and entertainment venues, there is something for all to enjoy.

Let Us Help You Plug In.

Our services to help you relocate and/or expand your business in Lake County, include:

  • Talent Acquisition & Development
  • Workforce Assessment & Recruitment Resources
  • Site Selection
  • Development & Infrastructure Assistance
  • Data Intelligence & Communication
  • Financing & Incentives
  • Strategic Relationship Access
  • Professional & Network Growth


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