Chicago truly has it all! It’s easy to see why so many are drawn to the area with world-class dining experiences, culture and history, and a strong economy – to name a few. Just as Chicago is perfectly positioned on the shores of Lake Michigan, it is also a perfect location for a BirthdayPak franchise! Chicago is filled with local upscale businesses that are looking for a unique way to connect with their best customers. And the BirthdayPak gifting program is ready to deliver! Are you a sales-focused entrepreneur looking for a high-potential franchise opportunity in Chicago? Learn how Chicago has everything needed for a successful BirthdayPak franchise.

Chicago: A Great Place to Live and Work

Chicago is home to 9.5 million people, making it the third largest metro area in the U.S. The median household income was $68,403 in 2017, more than $8,000 greater than the U.S. median household income. And of the 100 richest towns in the U.S., 11 in the Chicago area made the list. As BirthdayPak markets are prime in densely populated areas with affluent women, the Windy City checks all of our boxes.

Chicago also has a thriving business community. More than 400 major corporations have headquarters in Chicago, including 36 in the Fortune 500. A diverse number of industries make up the job market, including finance and business sectors, engineering, healthcare, government, pharmaceuticals and transportation. Chicago’s economy is so strong, it’s equivalent to the 20th largest world economy, just ahead of the economic output of Switzerland.

An Internationally-Renowned Culinary Scene

Chicago is so much more than hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. The city is not just a standout in the nation – it has also received the world’s attention with Michelin-starred and James Beard award-winning restaurants. The accolades have stacked up to make it one of the best food cities in the country. In 2017, Bon Appétit named Chicago its Restaurant City of the Year and Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards ranked it #1 city of the year, largely due its food scene. Chicago has been host city to the annual James Beard awards ceremony, which will continue through 2027. These are just a few reasons Chicago ranked #3 in Zagat’s 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America.

Restaurants Boost the Illinois, Chicago Metro Economies

When it comes to industries that have a significant impact on the economy, we can’t forget about the restaurant industry. Illinois has more than 25,000 eating and drinking establishments that brought in estimated sales of $18.1 billion in 2018. And nearly 600,000 food service jobs make up 10% of employment in the state. That’s expected to grow 7.7% by 2029. The majority of these numbers can be attributed back to the Chicago metro area, which comprises approximately 75% of the Illinois population.

A BirthdayPak Franchise Opportunity and Chicago: Perfect Together

Chicago really does have it all, especially for a BirthdayPak franchise. A strong economy, great food scene for BirthdayPak recipients to experience and business partners that can cultivate their most loyal customers. Now we’re looking for a franchise owner who is a good fit for BirthdayPak and can bring this top-notch gifting program to Chicago! For more information, start with these top 10 articles and get a peek into the life of a franchise owner. Connect with us to start the conversation and your new career path!