Salesforce Announces 1,000 Chicago Jobs, Gets Naming Rights To Skyscraper

Craig Dellimore
November 30, 2018 - 1:49 pm

Courtesy Salesforce


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Customer relations management software giant Salesforce will have 2,400 employees at its regional headquarters in Chicago, and the employees will be working out of an office tower named after the California tech company.

Salesforce announced Friday that it will add 1,000 jobs to its already 1,400-strong workforce in Chicago, and that the company has received the naming rights to an under-development office tower along the Chicago River Downtown. 

The Salesforce Tower Chicago will be completed in 2023 on the western end of the Chicago River in Downtown. Plans for the tower include an upper-floor amenity suite and an immersive lobby experience, according to the company. 

"At Salesforce, our real estate is the a tangible expression of our culture and values," Elizabeth Pinkham, executive vice president of real estate at Salesforce, said in a statement. "We are deeply commited to the communities where we live and work, and we show that through employee volunteerism, invest in education and workforce development, and opening our doors to non-profits here in Chicago."

Salesforce is just the latest major corporation moving into Chicago. Past corporation relocations to the city center include McDonald's, Walgreens and Google. 

"From small start-ups to international industry leaders like Salesforce, technology remains Chicago's fastest growing industry area," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "... We are thrilled that Salesforce has made the commitment to further that growth."

The Salesforce Tower Chicago is being developed by Houston-based Hines and the Kennedy family, which has owned the plot of land near the river for years. Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is spearheading the project for his family.