Global cities are hubs of the urbanizing world and increasingly influential players on the world stage.

Global cities are hubs of the urbanizing world and increasingly influential players on the world stage.

Through the four pillars of urban life, cities have the potential to promote their local interests in the world.

Their local leaders, think tanks, and philanthropic institutions influence policy in their own city and beyond.

Their banks and markets finance the global economy, and their corporations shape that economy.

Their universities both imagine the future and train the next generations who will make it happen.

Their arts and cultural institutions serve as global ambassadors to an international audience.

Their local leaders, think tanks, and philanthropic institutions influence policy in their own city and beyond.

Their banks and markets finance the global economy, and their corporations shape that economy.

Their universities both imagine the future and train the next generations who will make it happen.

Their arts and cultural institutions serve as global ambassadors to an international audience.

But few cities have assembled a cohesive, coordinated plan to mobilize all their stakeholders to pursue their common, globally facing goals.

But few cities have assembled a cohesive, coordinated plan to mobilize all their stakeholders to pursue their common, globally facing goals.

Chicago should be among the first.

An effective global strategy is both outward-looking and internally focused. Successful cities flourish abroad from a strong local base, and residents at home benefit from their city’s global reach.
 

Cities must not and need not choose between fixing problems at home and expanding their global reach.

Effective and strategic global engagement can increase resources necessary for improving the city.

Effective and strategic global engagement can increase resources necessary for improving the city.

Investment »

The average salary of a job at a US subsidiary of a foreign company is

30% higher

than the economy-wide average.

Tourism »

International tourists in Chicago

spend 4x more

than domestic overnight tourists.

Industry »

Manufacturing remains Chicago’s second-leading industry, accounting for

two-thirds of the region's total exports.

Students »

International students in Chicago added

$1.4B in tuition and living costs

to the city’s economy from 2008 to 2012.

Investment »


The average salary of a job at a US subsidiary of a foreign company is

30% higher

than the economy-wide average.

Tourism »

International tourists in Chicago

spend 4x more

than domestic overnight tourists.

Industry »

Manufacturing remains Chicago’s second-leading industry, accounting for

two-thirds of the regions total exports.

Students »

International students in Chicago added

$1.4B in tuition
and living costs

to the city’s economy from 2008 to 2012.

Chicago’s civic, educational, business and cultural leaders need to work together at home and abroad not only to enhance their own international interests but those of the city itself.

“A deliberate global strategy will better position Chicago to maintain our leadership on the global stage, address complex common challenges facing cities around the world, and continue to grow our economy,” says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cities like Chicago already are forming international networks to tackle global issues like migrant integration and climate change.

From the international initiatives of the Global Parliament of Mayors to the C40 coalition on climate change, city leaders are sharing best practices and coordinating activities on important pressing issues.

Chicago’s civic, educational, business and cultural leaders need to work together at home and abroad not only to enhance their own international interests but those of the city itself.
“A deliberate global strategy will better position Chicago to maintain our leadership on the global stage, address complex common challenges facing cities around the world, and continue to grow our economy,” says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Cities like Chicago already are forming international networks to tackle global issues like migrant integration and climate change.
From the international initiatives of the Global Parliament of Mayors to the C40 coalition on climate change, city leaders are sharing best practices and coordinating activities on important pressing issues.

What should Chicago's global strategy look like?

What should Chicago's global strategy look like?

A new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs offers a blueprint for an explicit and coordinated strategy to enhance Chicago's stature and competitiveness in the globalizing world. It also serves as a model for other global cities looking to do the same.


To create Chicago’s global strategy, the task force offers the following recommendations:

  • Ensure effective and efficient cross-pillar collaboration.

  • Establish a more effective international narrative for Chicago.

  • Build Chicago’s policy-relevant leadership role on the global stage.

  • Promote a global mind-set among all Chicagoans.

 

Download the report

This report was made possible by the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust.

The 2017 Chicago Forum on Global Cities was made possible by the following forward-thinking companies: AbbVie, UL, Grant Thornton, Hyatt Hotels Foundation, Motorola Solutions, United Airlines, and USG Corporation.

To learn more about supporting the Council’s global cities work, contact Mignon Senuta at
msenuta@thechicagocouncil.org.