Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot presents

Hire Chicago
August 2 through September 2, 2021

Hire Chicago 2021 has concluded.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and World Business Chicago thank you for visiting this site and for your participation in the five-week series of events. We look forward to building on the momentum created by this first of its kind event. Please stay tuned for updates as we continue preparing job seekers and employers for the new, post-pandemic economy.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to visit The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to access its resources. If you’re seeking employment, The Partnership has a network of more than 90 workforce development organizations that provide job training and career opportunities. If you’re an employer, The Partnership can help you access talent and business resources for your existing or future labor force.

World Business Chicago is Chicago’s public-private economic development agency. Our mission is to drive inclusive economic growth and job creation, support business, and promote Chicago as a leading global city. To obtain assistance for start-ups, talent and workforce, and identifying a space in which to expand or locate your business, please contact us.


Free virtual workshops, pre-screening discussions and support and job interviews with employers in the following industries:

Learn how the skills you have today are transferable to careers in the economy of tomorrow.
Connect to local training programs and job coaching to help you find the job you want.


The spirit of Hire Chicago is inspired by a quote by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund, who said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” The Hire Chicago partners, the City of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) are dedicated to creating a one-of-a-kind hiring event that offers unique, industry-specific opportunities for both job seekers and employers as Chicago enters a new, post-pandemic economy.

Hire Chicago is a five-week experience for Chicagoans who are looking for employment today and tomorrow, including a new career.

Learn how the skills you have today can take you to a career in a new, post-pandemic economy.
Connect to free local training programs and interview and job prep programs to help you find the career you want.

Week 1 – August 2

Week 2 – August 9
Hospitality, Tourism, and Food Service

Week 3 – August 16
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Week 4 – August 23

Week 5 – August 30

Job seekers will participate in workshops and pre-screening on Monday and Tuesdays from 9 am to 6 pm. Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you are age 16-24 and would like some additional career exploration resources, please visit here.

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot


As we continue to inspire business to grow and expand throughout the city and into our 77 neighborhoods, we present a five-week program, beginning August 2, to help Chicagoans, of all ages, looking for new jobs or new careers – connect to available resources and support.

The pandemic and many significant events over the last 15 to 16 months have changed us as people and as a city. Because workforce and employment unite us — we designed a 5-week initiative for Chicagoans to easily access employers hiring today, or if undecided, gain access to career coaching, workshops, and training programs that can ready you for the future, including unique careers driven by the new economy and our growing city’s tech and innovation ecosystem.

I know that when you SEE — WHO YOU CAN BE — great things happen. If you grew up playing with Legos, who’s to say you can’t become an engineer? If you like to care for others, have you considered medical training? I think about the children watching us expand into space. How does that inspire their view of the world, of the universe, and our impact on all?

It goes back to the age-old question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

If you would like help in exploring an answer, to discover opportunities and possibilities available in Chicago, this is for you.

Hire Chicago: Five weeks starting August 2 — your chance to connect to a multitude of opportunities — from employers hiring today — to coaching, counsel, and training to ready you for a career tomorrow. The future is yours to define. What do you SEE?