• Title Boeing to Chicago project papers [manuscript], 2001-2005, bulk 2001 March-May.
  • Physical description 1.2 linear feet (3 boxes)
  • Access and usage restrictions In order to consult electronic files or sound recordings, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a copy made if one is not available).
  • Collection summary
    • Newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, etc. relating to the Boeing Company's decision process that chose Chicago (Ill.) as its new headquarters city. Includes materials generated by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Blue Ribbon Committee, Golin/Harris, and World Business Chicago to win Boeing's approval through advertisements and marketing. The site selection folders include data and presentations about the quality of life in Chicago. The collection also includes materials about competing cities, Dallas and Denver; post-relocation materials that analyze the reasoning behind Boeing's move; and correspondence with major figures in the relocation, such as Mayor Richard M. Daley. Includes congratulations sent by many Chicago organizations.
    • The collection also contains one zip disk, one CD-ROM, and four floppy disks with e-mails and related files as well as one cassette tape entitled: "Boeing Moves to Chicago." They are original items and may not be used by researchers until copies are made.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Paul O'Connor (2009.0036.1).
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum include the Boeing to Chicago project photographic collection (2009.0036.2).
  • Biographical or Historical Note In March 2001, the Boeing Company announced that the cities of Chicago, Dallas, and Denver were being considered as potential relocation sites for the company's Seattle headquarters. Chicago assembled a team, including Paul O'Connor from World Business Chicago and Pam McDonough from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, to create a strategy. During the next eight weeks, the team marketed Chicago as a global city ideal for a corporate headquarters and a desirable place for employees and their families to live. The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago also arranged tax incentives. On May 10th, Boeing announced its choice in a press conference at Midway Airport. By September, the company offices were operational at 100 North Riverside Plaza in downtown Chicago.
  • Names
    • Boeing Company.
    • Daley, Richard M. (Richard Michael), 1942-
    • Commercial Club of Chicago. Civic Committee.
    • Economic Club of Chicago.
    • Golin/Harris (Public relations firm)
    • Illinois. Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
    • World Business Chicago.
    • Boeing Company.
    • Daley, Richard M. (Richard Michael), 1942-
    • Chicago (Ill.). Office of the Mayor.
    • McDonough, Pam
    • O'Connor, Paul, b. 1947?
    • Commercial Club of Chicago. Civic Committee.
    • Economic Club of Chicago.
    • Golin/Harris (Public relations firm)
    • Illinois. Department of Commerce and Community Affairs.
    • World Business Chicago.
  • Subjects
    • Aircraft industry Illinois Chicago 21st century.
    • Aircraft industry United States 21st century.
    • Boeing airplanes.
    • Civic improvement Illinois Chicago 21st century.
    • Corporations Headquarters Illinois Chicago 21st century.
    • Tax incentives Illinois Chicago 21st century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Economic conditions 21st century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 21st century Statistics.
  • Genre
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Newspaper clippings. aat
    • Statistics. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.