Learn about SelectChicago’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services, training, and events.

Connect. Grow. SelectChicago®.

For Economic Development Organizations (EDOs): Investors around the world come to SelectChicago® to get directly in contact with Cities, Counties, and Economic Development Organizations in the Chicago area. Click here to learn about SelectChicago’s services.

For Chicago businesses: SelectChicago® facilitates public-private partnerships. Discover how to promote your Chicago area services to international investors.

For foreign investors: SelectChicago® helps non-US businesses, manufacturers, and suppliers establish and expand in the USA. Click here to find out how it works.

About the Executive Team

Non-US investors get personal support from experts that know about Chicago real estate investment. Ask for our executives by name.

Michael Edgar, SelectChicago

Michael Edgar
President and Co-Founder GWDC

Caryn Kahn
Communication Director for GWDC
Program Director for SelectChicago®

Shai Lothan
CEO and Director of Real Estate Development GWDC

Michael Edgar is the President & Board Chair of the GWDC. In addition to leading the GWDC executive team, Michael is also President a local architectural firm with over 900 projects completed in the GWDC service area.

  • Bachelors of Architecture, University of Southern California
  • Masters of Architecture, University of Houston, Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture
Caryn M. Kahn is a Board Member of the GWDC. Her background is in marketing real estate, events, and financial market activity. At GWDC, she facilitates partner relationships, event planning, and promotes services.

  • Bachelors of Business Administration, The George Washington University
Shai Lothan has over 30 years of real estate investment experience. He’s directed the construction and development of properties. His projects include the Residences at Cherry Creek, Townline Center, and Lakehurst Shopping Center.

  • Real Estate and Economics, University of Denver

About SelectChicago®

SelectChicago® acts as an intermediary to help connect qualified foreign investors with Chicago-area governments, public-private partnerships, and Economic Development Organizations.

We work within the SelectUSA program. SelectUSA gives potential investors access to business opportunities from around the US.

We help investors and businesses complete the financial and legal steps inside Chicago.

We research and track foreign investment opportunities. SelectChicago® helps foreign investors find the project that fits a non-US investor’s budget and financial goals.

Our executive team participates with the investor from start to finish. Contact us to get started.

About the SelectChicago® deal flow

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Come Tour Chicagoland

SelectChicago® helps non-US investors get to know Chicago real estate. We host overseas investors. SelectChicago® leads showcase tours of Chicago property development opportunities (green field and redevelopment sites). We also set up soft landings and connect investors with local know-how. Global investors get a first hand chance to assess industrial, commercial, and residential real estate locations. Ask us about a custom tour. Search a map of Chicago area investment opportunities by property type, land size, and building size.

Invite Chicago Delegates to Visit

International consulates can host Chicago investment and trade experts in the investors’ native country. Delegates start relationships and share insights into Chicago real estate and businesses to invest in. International investors can look at wholesale trade, logistics, and workforce benefits in Chicago. SelectChicago® delegates can discuss relocation requirements, health care, and education options. Request our Chicago experts to visit your home country.