The Chicago metropolitan area has the third largest population in the United States, with nearly 10 million residents. It also boasts a significant number of job opportunities with Fortune 500 companies. The Chicago Fortune 500 Headquarters list for 2017 includes 34 top companies, with 11 based inside the city of Chicago. Discover the top 11 Fortune 500 companies in the Chicagoland area.
Rank 17: Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest pharmacy and health- and lifestyle-related company in more than 25 companies in the U.S. and Europe, with more than 400,000 employees. It has house brands in its stable that include Walgreens, Duane Reed, Boots and Alliance Healthcare.
Rank 24: Although this aeronautic giant is headquartered in Chicago, only a small portion of its business is actually based there. Therefore, unless things change significantly, expect only a slow trickle of local job opportunities. Boeing is also a Fortune 500 most admired company.
Rank 45: This leading agricultural processing company produces animal feeds, feed ingredients, biofuels and food ingredients that manufacturers around the world use to make food for millions.
United Continental Holdings
Rank 83: This is what everyone knows as United Air Lines, which includes the former Continental Airlines. United operates more than 4,500 flights a day to and from 339 airports all over the world, with hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington.
Rank 84: Allstate has been saying it is keeping people in their good hands since 1931, even if that advertising slogan didn't show up for nearly 20 years, in 1950. As reflected in its slogan, this insurance giant says it is its mission to do good for communities and protect its customers and that that mission drives its business decisions and company culture.
Rank 89: Exelon is the biggest provider of energy in the United States and is a presence in 48 states and Washington, D.C., and also in Canada. About 34,000 people work for Exelon.
Rank: 106. Another prominent Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Chicago, is Kraft Heinz. This company made one of the biggest jumps up in Illinois since 2016.
Rank 109: The name of this company is probably not familiar to you, but what it makes falls into the household name category. It's all about the food Americans eat every day -- just a small sampling includes Barnum's Animal Crackers, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Chiclets, Nabisco, Newtons and Oreos.
Rank 112: The McDonald's story is legendary. Founder Ray Kroc was selling mixers in 1954 when he came upon a small burger joint owned by Dick and Mac McDonald. It was simple and successful. He took this idea and ran with it, founding McDonald's in 1955. In just three years McDonald's had sold 100 million burgers. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Rank 124: This food service industry giant is the food source behind restaurant operations in hospitals, government installations, schools, the corner bar and grill you frequent and that upscale restaurant for special occasions.
Rank 127: Sears is strongly identified with Chicago, and its trademark tower, 1,729 feet tall to the tip and 108 stories, is still commonly called Sears Tower even though the name is actually now Willis Tower. Sears, founded in 1886, made its name as a mail-order catalog giant and was at the top of the retailer list in the U.S. until 1989.