Chicago metropolitan area

metropolitan area in the United States

The Chicago metropolitan area, or Chicagoland, is the metropolitan area that includes the city of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs, spanning 13 counties in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. The population is about 9.5 million people.[2] It is the third largest metropolitan area in the United States.[3]

Chicago Metropolitan Area / Chicagoland
Chicago–Naperville–Elgin, IL–IN–WI MSA
From top, left to right: Chicago skyline from Lakefront Trail at Northerly Island during sunrise, aerial view Evanston, view of Gold Coast, Downtown Naperville, view of Downtown Aurora
Coordinates: 41°54′N 87°39′W / 41.900°N 87.650°W / 41.900; -87.650
Country United States
Core city Chicago
Satellite cities
 • Metro6,923 sq mi (17,930 km2)
 • CSA10,634 sq mi (27,540 km2)
 (Land area only)
Highest elevation673 ft (205 m)
Lowest elevation579 ft (176 m)
 • Metro
 • Metro density1,400/sq mi (530/km2)
 • CSA
 • CSA density940/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area codes219, 224/847, 262, 312/872, 331/630, 574, 708, 773/872 and 779/815

The larger combined statistical area includes 19 counties in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Its population is over 9.9 million people.

The Chicago metropolitan area is one of the world's largest economies, with more than four million employees and making an annual gross regional product (GRP) of over $830 billion as of 2022.[4] The region is home to more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 in the Fortune 500.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations of the 50 Largest Cities". U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2016. Chicago city proper only
  2. "OMB Bulletin No. 23-01" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. July 21, 2023. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 21, 2023. Retrieved April 7, 2024.
  3. "Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Population Totals: 2020-2023". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 14, 2024. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  4. "Total Gross Domestic Product for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (MSA)". Federal Reserve Economic Data. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Loui].
  5. "Economy". Archived from the original on February 12, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.