Last week, Uber confirmed that it will expand its Chicago presence into a 463,000 square foot space. Chicago is headquarters to Uber’s Central region, as well as to Uber Freight. With Chicago’s deep expertise in logistics, it makes sense for the company to deepen its roots here.
While Uber’s lease size is one of the largest that Chicago has seen in years, the tech powerhouse’s decision to double-down on its Windy City presence is not anomalous. Chicago has witnessed a steady clip of major coastal-based technology companies setting up shop — and then expanding their presence — in the city.
Late last year, Salesforce announced that it would add 1,000 new jobs by expanding its Chicago presence. The company signed a 500,000 square foot lease in a new tower, solidifying the office as its new regional headquarters. The company already employs more than 1,000 Chicagoans.
Similar to Salesforce, Google announced in late 2018 that it would expand its presence in the Windy City. Google’s Chicago office started out small but has since expanded to house many technical roles within the organization.