Chicago’s economic health is largely driven by middle market businesses.

The Chicago middle market is composed of 5,800 companies that employ 2.4 million people and generate $554 billion in annual revenues. Overall, the Chicago middle market employs 25.7% of all private-sector employees in the area.

In 2017, quarterly data from the Chicago-area companies was combined to provide an overview of Chicago’s middle market performance in 2017 and a summary of the outlook for 2018. This report compares those numbers to combined 2017 data for the entire Midwest region and the nation.



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