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Why are foreign investors buying land in Illinois, and what does it mean for the state?

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

In Illinois, Chinese investors own only about one square mile of land, while Portuguese, Italian, and Canadian interests hold over 760 square miles combined.

An aerial view of farm equipment harvesting a field
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Global Economy

"It's hard to compete with Mickey Mouse": Why Chicago recruits international influencers to promote the city

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

Chicago's strategy to boost international tourism through partnerships, like Brazilian influencer Lucas Estevam, aims to attract diverse audiences with tailored experiences.

Two people at the front of a boat with the Chicago skyline behind them.
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Global Economy

Incubator helps entrepreneurs bring international flavors—and businesses—to Chicago

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

At The Hatchery, many of the entrepreneurs are recent immigrants building businesses based on family recipes, which comes with a unique set of challenges—but plenty of opportunity.

Exterior view of The Hatchery with the Chicago skyline in the background
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Culture

New Chicago restaurant has a dual mission: a Michelin star and respect for Ukrainian cuisine

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

Chef Johnny Clark calls his new Ukrainian restaurant Anelya a “political statement” to the world that Ukrainian food “isn’t just Russian with a twist” — and that it deserves a Michelin star of its own.

Various Ukrainian entrees at Anelya
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Global Politics

From Ukraine to Gaza to Iraq, Chicago's city council has been voting more often on foreign affairs

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

City Council legislation on foreign policy tripled in the chamber in the last four years, according to a ChicagoGlobal analysis.

Chicago City Council at City Hall
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Global Politics

Chicago transit confronts a fiscal cliff, but it isn't Caracas

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

Chicago's transit system may need to make cuts and raise fares after COVID relief funds phase out, but riders won't likely see a systemic collapse like Venezuelan commuters experienced in the 2010s.

CTA Green Line train travels west from Chicago
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Global Cities

The big business of small trains: Why Chicago models are so popular internationally

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

Chicago’s transit system has international fans, and your commuter train might be an international influencer.

A Chicago Transit Authority train passes overhead near W Roscoe and Clark Streets
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Global Cities

Living passports: How tattoos ink Chicago's cultural connections

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

For more than a century, tattoo artists have connected Chicagoans with other countries and cultures — a tradition that lives on, even as the industry changes.

1930s Browsheets with flash tattoo designs at Great Lakes Tattoo
AJ Caughey
Global Cities

Chicago's Kyrgyz community is growing, and so is its economic impact

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

The Kyrgyz community in Chicagoland is small, but its economic footprint is expanding. New Kyrgyz businesses in the service industry, logistics, and shipping are bridging Illinois and Central Asia.

Kyrgyz flags waving in the sky
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Global Cities

Beyond Michael Jordan: Translating Chicago for international businesses

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ChicagoGlobal by AJ Caughey

How would you explain Chicago’s business culture to folks who have never been to the U.S.? Here’s how one expert does it.

Siemens headquarters in Munich, Germany
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Global Cities