Chicago Fact Sheet

Chicago is truly a global marketplace

  • If Chicago Region were a country it would be the 20th largest economy in the world

  • Gross Regional Product of $500 billion

  • Ranks 3rd of all US Metro Areas

  • Chicago is really the only inland American city with a global footprint.

  • O’Hare International Airport is a major transportation hub

  • 25% of all domestic rail freight originates, terminates or passes through Chicago

  • Chicago Metro Area offers 28 regional malls and 47 sub-regional retail markets

  • Tourism represented nearly 55 million visitors and over $11 billion in sales

  • Melaniphy & Associates has been tracking retail sales since 1985

  • Chicago Metro Area Retail Sales reached over $121.9 billion in 2016 up from $120.1 billion in 2015 surpassing pre-recession levels of $106.8 billion

  • Chicago Metro Area Retail Sales were up only 1.4 percent or over $1.7 billion between 2015 and 2016

  • Chicago Metro Area Retail Sales were up 4.8 percent or by $5.3 billion between 2013 and 2014.

  • Retail Sales increased to over $28.4 billion in the City of Chicago alone in 2016.

  • Retail sales growth in the metro area since 1986 has typically ranged from about 1.4 to 7.0 percent

  • In 1987 retail sales increased by over 23 percent and in 1990 by over 9.8 percent

  • In 1994 retail sales increased by over 8.4 percent

  • In contrast in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 we have seen sales growth of 4 to 5 percent

  • In 2016, Chicago Metro Area Retail Sales increased by only 1.4 percent

  • Chicago is a dynamic retail market