Telling the story on why Chicago leads as a global hub for tech, innovation & entrepreneurship

    "Every year, more tech companies are opening offices in Chicago, creating new jobs for our city’s unmatched workforce and furthering our status as a leading hub for 21st-century innovation," - Mayor Lori Lightfoot (11.18.2019)

    ThinkChicago invites some of the brightest university students across the city and around the country to explore Chicago's dynamic tech economy and innovation ecosystem. In partnership with the city's leading corporates and tech companies, we connect diverse, top-tier talent with career opportunities - both full-time jobs and internships.


    Our ThinkChicago programs include:

    • ThinkChicago Lollapalooza & ThinkChicago: our flagship events take place during two of Chicago’s signature cultural events, Lollapalooza where students explore the city's innovation ecosystem, engage with local tech community leaders, and the opportunity to attend the signature event. Due to COVID-19, we hosted ThinkChicago-from-Home 2020 this past July 29 to 31 - our first ever all virtual ThinkChicago flagship event.
    • ThinkChicago Campus Roadshows: led by the Mayor's Office, we bring Chicago's leading tech and innovation companies to engage students with career-building opportunities on campus.
    • ThinkChicago Webinars & Virtual Events: we partner with university entrepreneurship centers and student groups to connect Chicago's tech community leaders, a valuable addition to existing campus entrepreneurship-focused programming. 
    Learn more here.
  • ThinkChicago is led by World Business Chicago, in partnership with the City of Chicago, the University of Illinois System, and the City Colleges of Chicago.

    ABOUT THINKCHICAGO: Led by the City of Chicago's economic development organization (World Business Chicago), ThinkChicago is a national STEM talent attraction and retention program for Chicago technology and innovation companies.


    ABOUT WORLD BUSINESS CHICAGO: World Business Chicago is the City of Chicago’s economic development organization. We’re a non-profit, public-private partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.


    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SYSTEM: the University of Illinois System is the state's flagship public university system. The three distinct universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield serve the people of Chicago and Illinois through a shared commitment to our missions of excellence in teaching, research, public service, and economic development. As the state's largest educator, U-o-fI's universities attract the nation's most talented students with hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, many of them ranked among the best in the United States. ThinkChicago's partnership with the University of Illinois System is led by UIUC's Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC), the Office of the Vice President for Economic Development & Innovation (VPEDI), and the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI).


    ABOUT THE CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO : City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community colleges system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with over 4,000 faculty members and staff serving more than more than 80,000 students annually at seven colleges and five satellite sites. With locations across the City of Chicago, the seven colleges include Richard J. Daley College, Harold Washington College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S Truman College and Wilbur Wright College. CCC also oversees the award-winning Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, the French Pastry School, the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center, the Sikia Banquet Facility, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Academy and radio station WKKC FM 89.3.


    Helping Students Explore The City’s Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem