Economic Development

Located in Will County, 33 miles from the Chicago Loop, Crest Hill is the first choice for many businesses looking to locate in the premiere transportation and logistics corridor in the Midwest. With a population of almost 21,000, the community is strategically located in the center of the dynamic Interstate 80 and Interstate 55 Corridors, allowing business to take advantage of a regional population of 9 million people. Metro Chicago is one the world’s finest transportation centers, and Crest Hill provides convenient access to O’Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport, Lewis University Airport and the CenterPoint Properties Intermodal Centers in Elwood, IL and Joliet, IL and the Metra Rock Island Line and Heritage Corridor Line railroads.

Economic Development Committee Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Crest Hill Economic Development Committee to foster a business-friendly environment that promotes and facilitates a sustainable local economy; one that will encourage the retention and expansion of existing businesses, attracts new business investment opportunities, with the associated job creation, all providing an ever improving community tax base and quality of life for businesses and residents

The City's Economic Development Committee advises the City Council on new business and development in the City. The EDC is comprised of residents, business owners and professionals from the community.

The Development Process Made Easier

The City of Crest Hill has made the development process easier for anyone looking to do business in the City. The City Council recently approved the Development Handbook which is a comprehensive guide to all-things economic development in the City of Crest Hill. Included in the handbook are forms, checklists and business/permit applications. Start-up businesses looking to complete simple build-outs and first-time business owners may want to review our Business Resource Guide for City of Crest Hill, Will County, State of Illinois and other local contacts and information on opening a business in Crest Hill.

The City also provides a comprehensive database of available properties in the City of Crest Hill through the Location One Information System (LOIS). This database is updated every 3 months and provides up-to-date demographic information and radii maps from Google and ESRI.

Contact Information

Scott McMaster
Economic Development & Zoning Manager
City of Crest Hill, IL
Phone: 815-741-5107

Will County Center for Economic Development

The City of Crest Hill over the years has created a strong relationship with the Will County CED and has aligned itself with many of its goals and objectives.

The CED is a dynamic organization that brings the public and private sectors together creating an environment where successful businesses will prosper by providing a forum for communication, cooperation, and collaboration between the public and private sectors.  Will County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, is also the home to 37 distinctive municipalities and 24 townships covering 850 square miles of urban, suburban, and rural life –in many ways a microcosm of the U.S.  Will County is fortunate by its unique location.  Fortunate in that it is part of the “alpha world city ” – the Chicago metro area – and as such one of the only three (Metro New York and Metro Los Angeles) in the nation.  It is no longer just a regional or national supplier, but a producer for global markets, which makes it highly attractive to new businesses and to expanding businesses. 

Yet, unique to Will County:

  • 50,000 new jobs are anticipated to be created within the next decade
  • Rapidly growing population with increasing diversity and wealth
  • Diversified economic base
  • Global Transportation Center, the largest North American intermodal center
  • Diversity of settings with ample parks and open space
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of the land is undeveloped

Will County is an exceptional location to work, play or live.

We invite you to explore the website and learn more.