Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign Direct Investment



2020 Illinois Investment Guide


The Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) promotes Illinois as an excellent place for business based on the state’s unique transportation infrastructure and location, talented workforce, easy access to key markets, and our positive business climate.  Illinois is continuously recognized for its business attraction:  

  • Chicago is the #1 metro, Illinois the #3 state, for new and expanded corporate facilities – Site Selection Magazine 2015
  • The Chicago metropolitan area was ranked #1 in the U.S. in attracting projects through foreign direct investment  - IBM Global Location Trends 2014 Report
  • Chicago is the #2 most competitive city in the U.S. – The Economist Intelligence Unit 2013 - Hot Spots 2025
  • Illinois is the #5 US state in exports – World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISERTrade) via Census Bureau
Our overseas offices hold regular FDI outreach events and provide foreign companies with information on investment packages, site location, and the availability and advantages of its eight Foreign Trade Zones located across the state.
For more information please contact Margo Markopoulos​ | 312-814-3116. 
OTI and our Office of Business Development are the first stop for information on state assistance in locating or expanding in Illinois.
Technical Assistance
  • Location and building identification support
  • Key regulations and policy insight
  • Access to critical governmental agencies (e.g. IDOT)
Incentive Programs
  • Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE)
  • Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPIP)
  • Enterprise Zones and High Impact Business (HIB)
  • Large Business Development Program (LBDP)

Advantage Illinois (SMEs)

  • Capital Access Program
  • Participation Loan Program
  • Collateral Support Program
Employee Training
  • Technical assistance to training and hiring resources
  • Employer Training Investment Program
Foreign Trade Zones
  • Sites where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered international trade and not subject to U.S. customs duties
  • Eight FTZs and 29 subzones are located throughout Illinois