Chicago has always realized that transportation infrastructure is an essential component to a thriving economy.
The Great Lakes water system and the railroad were important early components of Chicago’s transportation system, and they have been supplemented with an outstanding commercial air travel system and network of highways.
Chicago is now the world’s largest intermodal port, with 50 percent of all goods shipped in the United States traveling on local state highways.
• Over 50% of workers arrive downtown via mass transit
• Chicago is within a four-hour flight of all major North American business destinations
• Chicago is less than 10 hours from the major European business centers
• Chicago handles more intermodal container volume than both Los Angeles and New York
• 52,000 truckloads of freight (1.76 million tons) are shipped from Chicago daily
• 45% of all available industrial real estate is devoted to warehouse/distribution