Chicago virtual numbers make your business local in a city with a storied history.
Chicago was for a time the fastest growing city in the entire world, the first place where “futures” were traded publicly, the location of the first gay rights organization in America, home of Senator Stephen Douglas, and President Abraham Lincoln was nominated in the city.
Chicago has also seen hardship, surviving through the Great Chicago Fire, which lead to the construction of the first skyscraper in the world using a steel construction during the rebuilding stage of the city. Just before World War II, the city saw its share of violence by gangs seeking to illegally profit from the ban on alcohol usage and sales during the prohibition era.
The City and its Landscape
Chicago’s growth and its economy are fueled by its location positioned just off Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Those bodies of water also help moderate the climate, taking a bit of a chill off the harsh Chicago winters.
People often think of “The Loop” (the term used for the downtown area) as being the entirety of Chicago, but through the years the city has expanded to include the North, South, and West Sides. The city has grown so much, it houses more than half the population of the State of Illinois.
But Chicago is more than a sprawling cityscape. Lincoln Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park provide nature respites and because of its waterfront location, the city has 24 public beaches. Chicago was even recently ranked as the sixth best city for walking.
Architectural and Demographic Features
The architecture of a city may not mean much to a business looking to expand with Chicago virtual numbers but Chicago has a broad and well-known collection of architectural landmarks. The Willis Tower (which used to be known as the Sears Tower) is the second tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Architectural tours are even offered on the Chicago River, where people can see landmarks such as the Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Chicago has not lost the rich cultural heritage of its history, and the city boasts a broad profile of various nationalities. Chicago’s South Side is the largest region with a black majority population in the United States. Hispanics comprise almost 30% of the total Chicagoan population.
Ancestral groups that inhabit the city include Irish, Polish, Italians, Chinese, and 14 other groups with more than 10,000 people of their respective countries of origin living in the city.
Chicago virtual numbers can be your business’ connection to Chicago’s rich cultural and ethnic metropolis.
A Booming Economy
Chicago is America’s third-largest city, and as would be expected, also has the third-largest gross metropolitan product in America. The city ranks high in a host of “best of” economic factor lists. Chicago has been said to have the most balanced economy in the U.S., the fourth most important business center in the entire world, and the greatest number of new corporate facilities in the country in 2014. Using Chicago virtual numbers will enable you to expand your business instantly into this thriving market.
In 2009 Chicago was named the 9th richest city in the world by UBS, a Swiss investment bank. Those riches are generated within the second-largest business district in America and rely upon the third-largest pool of labor in the country.
Chicago has its own securities exchanges, such as the Chicago Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Large industry is routinely moving into the city. Boeing moved to Chicago in 2001, Caterpillar is slated to move its global headquarters into the city and United Continental Holdings (United Airlines) are in Willis Tower. McDonald’s intends to move to Chicago by the end of 2018.
Chicago isn’t just about business; it’s also a city that boasts fun, tourism, and recreation. Tourists poured just over $13 billion into the economy in 2014. Chicago is the third largest city for convention hosting, which will connect your Chicago virtual numbers not just to Chicagoans but to people around the globe who come here to have fun and for work.
Fans nationwide know about Chicago sports. The city has been named “Best Sports City” in America by the Sporting News in three separate years. Only Chicago and Boston have hosted major professional sports continuously since 1871. Chicago’s hockey team was one of the first six in the NHL, the Chicago Bears have won more games in the NFL than any team, and the Bulls Basketball team won numerous NBA titles in the 90s.
Get Chicago Virtual Numbers for Your Business Today
Chicago virtual numbers allow you to connect to a world-class city that takes business seriously and welcomes millions of visitors per year looking for fun. Chicago’s diversity makes it a great place for businesses that are involved in almost any type of industry. A virtual number from Global Call Forwarding allows you to market your business in Chicago using a local phone number, even if your business isn’t in Chicago. Call or visit our website today for affordable options that tell the people of Chicago you’re available for business!