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Top 5 Big Companies You Can Work for When You Move to Chicago

October 15, 2019 | Your Local Metro

Chicago has always been one of America’s hottest major cities. With its beautiful views of Lake Michigan and striking architecture throughout the city, it’s no surprise that people flock here from all over the world to work in the Windy City.

Chicago is the 3rd most populated metro area in America and is home to numerous fortune 500 companies. While many large companies have offices and outposts within the 312 area code, there are several international giants based right along the Chicago River.

If you’re buying or selling in the Chicago area, using a multiple listing service like beycome is a great way to get into the market. For those moving to Chicago, these are great companies to start your job hunt. And since Chicago has seen slow, but steady population decline over the past few years now is a great time to take advantage of the market.

Hyatt Hotels

Just on the other side of the river from Boeing Building, The 50-story Hyatt Center houses Hyatt Hotels Corp international base of operations. Consistently ranked amongst Fortune magazine’s ‘Best Companies to Work for,’ this global hospitality provider is based right in the heart of downtown Chicago.

In addition to the extremely robust benefits package that would be impressive on its own for any large company, Hyatt also offers a giant employment incentive: free hotel stays at Hyatts across the globe.

Combined with cheap and accessible airfare out of O’Hare International Airport, Chicago might just become your home base for all kinds of international excursions.

With 750 hotels operating in over 50 counties, Hyatt is one of the smaller of the large hotel chains, but they still employ almost 50,000 people throughout their locations.

Hyatt Hotels would be a great consideration for those looking to enter hospitality management, food, and beverage service, or high-end customer service. Also, like any large corporation, they have numerous administrative and technology-based careers to consider.


Hidden away in the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield is home to one of the largest pharmacy chains in the world.

Walgreens is not only based in Chicago, but it was originally founded in the windy city in 1901. With almost 10,000 stores already and a new international partnership with Swiss-based Alliance Boots, Walgreens has no shortage of growth in its future.

While there was some talk about moving the corporate headquarters to Switzerland, Walgreens ultimately decided to stay put.

Chicago is also home to Walgreens data center and IT hub based out of the Old Chicago Main Post Office. This is the center for all of Walgreen’s data and network systems, employing almost 2000 people in addition to their main offices.

With over 400,000 employees worldwide and more growth in the future riding the acquisition of the Alliance Boots, there’s no better time to sign up with the pharmaceutical giant. Beyond the pharmacist and cashiers is a deep and complex logistical network that utilizes ten of thousands of professionals.

Abbott Laboratories

In another northern Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff lives one of America’s oldest and largest biotechnology companies. Originally started in Chicago in 1888, Abbott Laboratories is still one of the largest biotech companies in the world today.

It was so big in fact that in 2011 it was announced that Abbott Laboratories would be divided into two companies, AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories.

While Abbott Laboratories will continue to produce flagship medical devices, generic pharmaceuticals, and nutritional products, AbbVie will become the research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Between the two brands, there’s a burgeoning medical testing division, with Abbott Labs performing or responsible for more blood and plasma screenings than any other lab group. With over 100,000 employees worldwide, the medically-minded Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie should offer a range of opportunities.


While originally from the Seattle area, aviation leader Boeing had its international headquarters completed on the west side of Chicago in 1990. The Morton International Building, or more commonly known as the Boeing Building, features some impressive design features since it was constructed over existing rail infrastructure. After some downsizing in the past couple of years, Boeing is increasing its workforce once again.

Now, with over 150,000 employees all over the world, there’s no shortage of opportunities for interested parties. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world and is always on the lookout for the sharpest and brightest minds of tomorrow.

Boeing aircraft currently make up almost 75% of the aircraft in the air today. They offer a diverse range of careers in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, IT solutions, and of course, aviation.

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