Switzerland - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 100+ Swiss companies with 250 locations in greater Chicago including: Adecco, ADT, Barry Callebaut, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re, UBS and Zurich Financial
  • There are an estimated 50+ Chicago-area companies in Switzerland including: Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Hyatt, ITW, Kraft, Leo Burnett, McDonald’s, Nalco and Underwriters Laboratories
  • Swiss-American Business Council in Chicago
  • Chicago-Lucerne Sister City relationship, since 1998
  • There are 7 weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations in Switzerland
  • An estimated 12,000 Swiss-Americans reside in Chicago
  • Les Roches/Kendall College partnership, since 2004
  • The Swiss-American Chamber and American Chamber of Commerce hosted a Chicago delegation in Zurich, 2008
Recent Expansions
  • Barry Callebaut, US HQ, 2007; first US Chocolate Academy, 2008; expansion, Chicago, 2015
  • Medacta, expansion, Chicago, 2014
  • Zurich Insurance, new HQ complex, Schamburg, opens 2016; 150 jobs added, Chicago, 2012
  • Tourbillon, Chicago, 2012
  • Bystronic Inc., Elgin, NA HQ, 2011
  • Nestlé USA, Itasca, 2010 (Nestlé)
  • Swissôtel Chicago, Chicago, expansion, 2009 (Swissôtel Resorts & Hotels)
Total Trade, 2016: US $2.1 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $1.7 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical deivices, electrical equipment, organic chemicals, tools, plastics
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $441 million
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical instruments, aircraft parts, artworks, electrical equipment, cars and trucks, organic chemicals