Who are Chicago’s Largest Private Employers?

Top 6 Private Employers in Chicago

When working with individuals seeking to take their career in a different direction, I’m often asked for ideas on where to apply. The correct answer to this question depends on what kind of fit they are looking for and where they are looking to take their career. Nonetheless, Chicago is an economic powerhouse with many large employers. Here’s a short list of the top six private employers in the City of Chicago with links to their career sites. Note: municipal, state and federal employers have been left off this list.


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biggest private employers chicago

1.) Advocate Health System

As the largest health care system in the State of Illinois, Advocate Health System has hospitals and other facilities across the Chicago area. Continually recognized as a top workplace, Advocate employs individuals at all experience levels, from heart surgeons down to receptionists.

2.) Chicagoland Job Fairs

Don’t underestimate the power of meeting with employers face-to-face at job fairs. A personal introduction can go a long way. Chicago area job fairs offer positions in marketing, accounting, finance, sales, operations management, retail, food service, IT, engineering, project management, production and more. Find a to our list of area job fairs and mark your calendar Find our full list on our job fair calendar. Click here.

3.) JPMorgan Chase

While headquartered in New York City, JPMorgan Chase remains a large presence in the Chicago area. As a banking and financial services firm, they operate the retail banking division under the popular Chase brand. JPMorgan Chase is always looking for new candidates to join their organization, whether it is for retail banking, investment banking or asset management.

4.) University of Chicago

As the city’s premier institute of higher education, the University of Chicago is well known for attracting top talent, whether they be students, professors or academic administrators. Don’t forget that a whole lot more than just teaching goes into keeping a university operational. They need engineers, clerical workers, nurses, grant writers and more.

5.) United Continental Holdings

You may know this company for its famous airline, United. Additionally, United Continental Holdings operates many different subsidiaries. With their global headquarters in the Willis Tower, a job here could land you with a spectacular view.

6.) AT&T Illinois

Well known for providing internet, television and cellular/residential phone service, AT&T Illinois helps keep the City of Chicago running at full speed. As a service many residents depend on on a daily basis, AT&T Illinois employs many field technicians, sales people and customer service associates.

7.) Walgreens

Headquartered in the suburbs, Walgreens remains a constant presence around the City of Chicago. Their popular retail stores are a one-stop shop for many residents. Walgreens employs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, sales associates and so much more.


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I’m Jacob Cayia, Senior Resume Writer, with AAAA Better Resume Service (AAPSI) at 3354 N. Paulina St., Ste. 204A in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.

After a career background in copywriting, editing, recruitment and marketing, I was drawn to resume writing after I discovered I enjoyed writing about individuals more than I did writing about products. In the past, I have written everything from product descriptions for flame-resistant jackets to flavor profiles of French brie to analyses of international political trends. What keeps my job interesting is the simple fact that every individual who walks through my door is a unique case, and it’s my task to develop a way to effectively market their skills, experience and personality in a way that will get them noticed by recruiters and hiring managers. Just like no two individuals are the same, neither are no two resumes the same.

My personal interests include politics and the economy. I am always analyzing changing market and employment trends, which coincidentally gives me the upper hand when assessing job market prospects. It is truly rewarding to have a career where you can combine your personal interests with the opportunity to help individuals achieve their personal goals.

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