Amazon is expanding its Chicago Tech Hub and plans to create 400 new tech jobs in fields including cloud computing, advertising, and business development.
To accommodate this job creation, Amazon will expand its office in downtown Chicago by more than 70,000 square feet, allowing the company to double its tech workforce in the city.
“We’re excited to create more opportunity in Chicago – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation,” said Geoff Nyheim, Director Central US AWS Sales. “We look forward to doubling our teams in the Windy City, contributing to its diverse economy, and hiring local talent to fill exciting roles across Amazon.”
“Chicago is a global hub with an unmatched workforce – the ideal incubator for Amazon to attract the talent needed to fuel its continued growth,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Today’s announcement, along with tomorrow’s Career Day, represents Amazon’s commitment to Chicago and the diverse and innovative talent found here.”
Amazon’s Chicago Tech Hub is one of the company’s 18 North American Tech Hubs – a network of development centers in addition to Amazon’s Seattle and Arlington, Virginia headquarters. Together, these Hubs have more than 20,000 employees innovating for Amazon customers around the world.
Chicago-based Amazon teams currently build and support products and services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Advertising, and the company’s Transportation and Operations units. Together with its customer fulfillment and retail facilities, Amazon has created more than 11,000 full-time jobs in Illinois and invested over $4.4 billion in the state since 2010, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees.
Since 2010, Amazon has invested over $4.4 billion in Illinois, including building customer fulfillment and cloud infrastructure, research facilities, and compensation to employees. The company estimates that these direct investments in the state contributed an additional $3.3 million to Illinois’ economy (2010-2018) and generated an additional 10,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. There are also more than 73,500 authors, developers, and small and medium-sized businesses in Illinois starting or growing their businesses with Amazon.