Chicago is a hub of all sorts of economic activity and is considered the capital of the Midwest. It offers a mix of industries—from advanced manufacturing and agriculture to transportation and rail—and also serves as a financial services hub. It has some of the largest regional banks, which help fund a lot of trade in the region. These are some of the reasons Export Development Canada (EDC) is opening an office in Chicago (an office in Atlanta opened in April). Not only will it serve as a gateway to the Midwest, it’ll also be a place to connect Canadian businesses with the U.S. supply chain. While Chicago is an important market for Canadian businesses, it’s important to look at the United States as a country comprised of several different markets with different risks and opportunities.