International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago


Business & Trade Organization


In 1977, a small group of individuals representing northwest suburban Chicago area global businesses formed a “club” to exchange up-to-date information and educate newcomers to international business. Reflecting its geographic location, this group was incorporated in January 1979 as the Northwest International Trade Club. Soon, the “club” was attracting members from all over the Chicago area, and in 1985 the name was changed to The International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITA/GC). Today, ITA/GC attracts members from all over Illinois, across the US, and throughout the world. We have since become the largest association of its kind in Illinois. With more than 500 members, we represent a range of interests – industrial, merchandise, and service companies, consular/diplomatic groups, and academic organizations. ITA/GC is known for independence and balance; we do not develop opinions or hold positions and we have no political affiliation. In order to support this environment of balanced and productive discussion, we seek to maintain a membership balance between manufacturers and service providers.


Richard Paullin
Executive Director

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