Chicagoland’s mid-sized companies continue to add the vast majority of new jobs and drive the local economy.

The Chicago-area middle market is composed of 6,400 companies that employ 1.9 million people and generate $373 billion in annual revenues. Overall, the Chicago-area middle market employs 25.3% of all private-sector employees in the area.

In 2018, respondents included 829 executives from the Midwest and 222 executives from the Chicago metropolitan area. We combined the quarterly data from the Chicago-area companies to provide an overview of Chicagoland’s middle market performance in 2018 and a summary of the outlook for 2019.


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