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Close Proximity to Rail and Expressways


Chicago Heights has been a long-time destination for industrial and manufacturing companies due to its proximity to the City of Chicago and its access to excellent transportation routes including rail and expressways.  In addition to its proximity, the City is also at an advantage by being located just far enough away that it is outside of the City of Chicago’s “congestion zone,” allowing a more efficient movement of goods and people, when compared with several other regions in Metropolitan Chicago.

Chicago Heights has direct access to two (2) Class I railroads within it’s municipal boundaries.  In addition, local short line railroads are able to switch the remaining Class I railroads efficiently and oftentimes bypass the congestion in the city of Chicago proper.  Railroad connectivity to the Union Pacific Railroad and the Canadian National Railway are important to many of the local industrial businesses.

Chicago Heights offers excellent connectivity to the major surface highway system including Highway 394, Interstate 80Interstate 294, Interstate 55Interstate 94Interstate 57 and Interstate 355.  Based on this strategic location, commuters out of Chicago Heights can reach a far greater percentage of the US population than neighboring Joliet or the City of Chicago, as illustrated below:


Being located in Chicago Heights, which is in the center of the transportation industry, is a big plus for us. There are intermodal yards all around us. In addition, we have quick access to 94,90, 294, 394 S, 57 — North or South, we can virtually reach anywhere in the US in 8 hours.

About Us

The Chicago Heights Economic Development Corporation is dedicated to fostering the creation of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing businesses to stimulate economic growth in Chicago Heights.

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