Amazon to Double Chicago Workforce

Early in the week, Amazon announced its plan to double its existing workforce at its Chicago Tech Hub. This push would add another 400 jobs in sectors like business development, cloud computing, and advertising.  Located at 227 W. Monroe, Amazon’s Chicago tech hub is only one of 18 across North America.

To succeed in this endeavor, Amazon also plans to hold a career day in Chicago. Those who might be on the hunt for a job can register online for the hiring event, which will run from 11:30 am to 7pm at the Vertiport Chicago event space and helicopter landing facility, located at 1339 Wood St. 

Amazon Web Service director of the central US region, Geoff Nyheim, comments, “We’re excited to create more opportunity in Chicago—a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation.  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.”

And to ensure they are able to house all of these new bodies, Amazon has also reported it will add approximately 70,000 square feet to the Chicago Tech Hub.  Of course, the full extent of the expansion will take three years. 

In response to the announcement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has expressed great excitement as well.  She commented, “Chicago is a global hub with an unmatched workforce—the ideal incubator for Amazon to attract the talent needed to fuel its continued growth. Today’s announcement, along with tomorrow’s Career Day, represents Amazon’s commitment to Chicago and the diverse and innovative talent found here.”

You may recall that Chicago had previously tried to welcome Amazon before, failing to win a bid to be the home for Amazon’s second headquarters.  That honor went to Northern Virginia. This expansion, on the other hand, might be quite a fair compromise.