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Chicago. Chicago is a diverse thriving cultural city that is home to a varied food scene, as well as some of the world’s most innovative tech companies. Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, this city appeals to those who enjoy sailing, tech enthusiasts, and city-dwellers alike.
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BMW Technology Corporation – Chicago. Located in Chicago, the emerging tech hub of the Midwest, the BMW Technology Corporation is one of two tech offices in the U.S. Here, the hundred-strong team specializes in creating software services that make the driving experience easier, safer and more pleasurable for our customers.

Chicago.

Life in Chicago.

Rated the 7th best city in the world in the Global Cities Index of 2015, Chicago is an urban hub where the very best in culture, food, architecture and music converge. A place with a high standard of living that is home to more than 2.7 million people, Chicago is the most populous city of the state Illinois, which is the most ethnically diverse state in the US.

The city lives up to its reputation of being one of the best food towns in the world. Here you’ll find affordable Michelin star restaurants and homegrown culinary innovations like Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza. Alongside its culinary prowess, Chicago is also known as the Silicon Prairie and - being home to innovative companies like Google and Facebook - it’s the ideal site for our technological innovations, having been described as the place where unicorns happen.

Culture vultures will feel right at home in a spot famed for its daring architecture, as the skyline shaped by skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center and the neo-gothic Tribune Tower. Chicago is also home to a thriving art scene of international renown, as many museums and impressive art collections - including the world famous Art Institute - attract art aficionados from around the world. In summer, music lovers can enjoy a wealth of indie festivals including Lollapalooza and the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Chicago is recognized for its passion for sports and, located on the shore of Lake Michigan (the 5th largest body of freshwater in the world), it provides the perfect conditions for watersports. Its 15 beachfront areas, ensure that there is plenty of air and space for swimming, tanning and relaxing during the sunny summers.

The BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago, founded in October 2014, is a technology development company and an energetic nucleus for digital innovation, and a sign that this Midwest city is fast becoming a center for the development of connected car technology.

The Chicago technology team boasts expertise across a range of disciplines including mobile apps, cloud-based services, machine learning and big data analytics. It specializes in creating software services which integrate the digital lives of our consumers with their mobility needs, making the driving experience easier, safer and more pleasurable.

The BMW Technology Corporation is based in Chicago’s West Loop in the Boeing building on the Chicago River. This vibrant area hosts a large and rapidly growing community of both established and startup technology firms. Thanks to the office’s central location, everything you need is in close proximity – restaurants, theater, shopping and a broad array of housing choices. The offices are also well situated for an easy commute, with Ogilvie and Union Station (suburban commuter trains) a few minutes’ walk, CTA city trains nearby, multiple bus connections outside the door and bike sharing locations just around the corner.

BMW entered the U.S. market in 1968 with the “2002,” creating an all-new segment: the sports sedan. The success of this vehicle led to establishing BMW of North America, LLC (BMW NA) in 1975. In the years to follow, BMW NA took over import and distribution responsibilities for BMW motorcycles in 1980; introduced MINI, creating America’s first premium small car segment, in 2002; and launched the new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2003.

The BMW Group sales headquarters (BMW NA) has grown significantly in North America. In 2008, the headquarters campus underwent a $100 million expansion to consolidate its operations and stay at the forefront of the automotive industry. Designed to blend into its natural surroundings and committed to reduce energy consumption, the building allows for a state-of-the-art work environment with plenty of natural daylight.

Located in the heart of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, the 220,000 square feet buildings is in close proximity to the highway, market places, and shopping outlets. It is home to more than 1,100 BMW associates that support the American sales operations of the BMW brand and motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

BMW NA celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.

About BMW Group in the U.S.

The United States is one of the largest markets in the world for the BMW Group. With sales of over 390,000 vehicles in 2014, 18% of the group's worldwide transactions, BMW is one of the best-selling premium brands in the US.

Today, the BMW Group in the United States consists of marketing, sales and financial services organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of over 600 dealerships. The BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.  

Included under the BMW Group umbrella in the US is BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Financial Services NA, LLC in New Jersey and Ohio; DesignworksUSA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California, as well as BMW of North America, LLC technology offices in Silicon Valley and the BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago.

Also in the US we have BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina, part of BMW Group’s global production network, which employs 8,000 people to produce the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The 1,150-acre, 5-million-square-foot campus generates its own power, offers an on-site Family Health Center and provides 24-hour security and firefighting personnel. To date, BMW has invested nearly $7 billion in its South Carolina operations.

The BMW brand has one of the most passionate and loyal followings in the world. In the U.S., four officially recognized clubs with over 125,000 members and BMW owners represent 40% of the membership worldwide.

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