BEST CITIES TO START A BUSINESS IN ILLINOIS

Illinois, and Chicago, its largest city, have built a reputation as a top destination for entrepreneurs to build a thriving business. As the 3rd largest city in the U.S., Chicago has all the benefits of a world-class city: wonderful neighborhoods, a great dining and nightlife scenes and a wide pool of young, well-educated potential employees to draw from, but without the exorbitant costs of living endemic to New York City and Los Angeles.

Chicagoans are proud of their city, and those who establish themselves there usually refuse to budge. Grubhub and Groupon--two hugely successful pioneers in online food ordering and e-commerce, respectively--began in Chicago and are still based there.

With an established pedigree of successful tech companies and the choice of renting an apartment larger than the size of a closet that won’t break your bank account, why go anywhere else to start your business?

For those looking for an even cheaper cost of living and lower tax rates, smaller cities in the vicinity of Chicago like Joliet and Naperville offer big city access via rail, but with a lower financial burden on nascent companies.

StateCityCounty
ILJolietWill
ILBolingbrookWill
ILNapervilleWill
ILArlington HeightsCook
ILDes PlainesCook
ILPalatineCook
ILMount ProspectCook
ILSkokieCook
ILSchaumburgCook
ILHoffman EstatesCook
ILEvanstonCook
ILOak LawnCook
ILOrland ParkCook
ILTinley ParkCook
ILChicagoCook
ILCiceroCook
ILChampaignChampaign
ILWaukeganLake
ILDecaturMacon
ILElginKane
ILAuroraKane
ILPeoriaPeoria
ILSpringfieldSangamon
ILRockfordWinnebago

Only cities with over 50,000 inhabitants are reported in the results. Some data had to be interpolated to the county level and extrapolated to all the cities in the county. We concentrated on the following metrics to obtain our ranking: Cost of livingBest state for businessUnemploymentKauffman index, and Universities.

ABOUT HOW TO START AN LLC

I'm an entrepreneur myself. When talking to others who want to start their own business, they often get wrapped up in the nitty gritty of paperwork and forming the company. They forget that what really matters is customers, sales, and profit. That's why I created How to Start an LLC.org: a simple resource and guide so you can spend less time on forming your company, and more time on building it.

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