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In Wood Dale, we care about business

On the western edge of O’Hare International Airport. Within 10 minutes of four interstate highways. Low DuPage County property taxes. A highly educated workforce. Need more reasons to seize the opportunities at the center of the nation’s busiest transportation hub?

The Western Access O’Hare project, currently under construction across the heart of Wood Dale's industrial district, will give western access to the airport and allow the region to meet future transportation needs, creating 65,000 new jobs by 2040.

Wood Dale is looking to the future and welcomes businesses who are looking drive the transformation of the region's economy. WIth 9.2 million square feet of existing industrial and flex space and 855 private businesses, your corporate headquarters will be in good company. Retail and hospitality opportunities abound within both the Thorndale Corporate Corridor and the Irving Park Road central business district.

Small-town charm, BIG plans for the future

The City approved its Thorndale Corridor Master Plan to prepare for the Western Access O'Hare expressway expansion. The vision for the new Corporate Main Street is centered around a walkable, mixed-use thoroughfare anchoring:

  • 1.9 M sq ft of 5-6 story office towers,
  • 107K sq ft restaurant/retail space,
  • 1.9M sq ft FlexTech light industrial,
  • 2,420 hotel rooms,
  • 415 multi-family housing units,
  • 120K sq ft recreation center, and
  • direct transit access to Chicago.

In the summer of 2015, the City established a tax increment financing (TIF) district to assist with the development of the Thorndale Corridor Master Plan.

The City is also focusing redevelopment efforts on its central business district (centered around the intersection of Irving Park and Wood Dale Roads).  In 2013 the City Council adopted a Vision Plan for the downtown area to help establish a sense of identity and place.  It recommends expanded and new amenities that will benefit its residents and attract new visitors by creating a focus on the center of the City.  With more than 23,000 vehicles on Irving Park Road every day and two major shopping centers, there are ample opportunities for businesses to join Target, Jewel Osco, Petco, and more.

We can help you make it happen

The City of Wood Dale goes above and beyond to build its economic base:
  • serving as a business advocate and government liaison;
  • expediting permits;
  • assisting the development community; and
  • considering mututally beneficial financial incentive agreements.

Interested in learning more?

Please contact us at 630-766-5133 for more information about the City of Wood Dale and how we are the ideal location for your business or development.

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