Metropolitan Connections | Access to O'Hare | Midwest Travel | Routes Improved

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Regional Tourism

The region's economy depends upon visitors, especially from the Midwest. In 2013, visitors to Cook County spent $21.1 billion, generating $1.5 billion in state and local taxes. Nearly 75% of Chicago's visitors come from 9 Midwestern states and most of them drive. CrossRail will make all of the Chicago Metro Area more attractive for all Midwest visitors.

Supporting Convention and Tourism

A one-seat ride between O'Hare and McCormick Place, combined with links to other major convention centers, will make the Chicago-area convention industry more competitive.

Foundation for High Speed Rail

A 2011 study by the Economic Development Research Group estimates that a true high-speed rail network linking Chicago to eight major cities would generate an additional $13.8 billion annually in business sales for the Chicago Metropolitan Region. CrossRail Chicago provides the foundation for this network.