Establishing Valuable Partnerships in the Midwest and Abroad

Demonstrable Relevance

The British-American Business Council Chicago (BABC Chicago) facilitates the special relationship between British and American individuals and businesses by offering enjoyable networking events, an informative Speakers Series, access to companies on both sides of the pond and updates on emerging business, and trade developments. 

Members of the BABC-Chicago achieve business expansion through our various corporate partnerships, while establishing valuable connections and friendships with the diverse men and women who make up the BABC network.

Our programs include:

Speaker Series

A dialogue with thought-provoking chief executives of international businesses.  Their presentations transcend particular industry, capitalization and geography.


A new online platform of thought leadership from all corners of the Globe, celebrating stories of business success, challenges overcome, war wounds, and best practices.

British-Consul General Awards

Since 2003, the Awards celebrate the entrepreneurs, established enterprises, and individuals building commerce between the US and UK.


Our annual black-tie gathering, to enjoy one another’s company in balance to a year’s dedicated work.

J1 Visa Program

Our J-1 Visitor Exchange Program provides the opportunity for professionals from all over the world to immerse themselves in U.S. business culture and practices. Through this program, qualified interns or employees from participating companies will have the ability to learn and train under American business leadership while enhancing international business relations and commercial ties. For more information, please visit

Other Programs

AfterHours, On Stage, and many other events for networking, enjoying British playwrights, sports watching parties, and other gatherings.

Did you know?

The BABC has 25 chapters across North America and the UK?

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Letter from the Governor

As Governor of the State of Illinois, it is a privilege to extend my sincerest congratulations to President K. Thomas Stevens, members, staff, and stakeholders of the British-American Business Council in Chicago (BABC Chicago) who are gathered tonight to celebrate the 25 thAnniversary of the British-American Business Council Chicago.

Since its founding in 1990, the BABC Chicago has cultivated valuable economic partnerships that have greatly contributed to the growth of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. The BABC Chicago has played a vital role in maintaining the United Kingdom as one of the top trading partners of Illinois. Tonight's celebration is a special opportunity to reflect upon these pastaccomplishments and look towards a future where British-American contributions to the Illinois economy can continue to flourish.

I'd like to thank the leadership of BABC Chicago and all of its members for their continued endeavors to strengthening the relationship between the United Kingdom and Illinois. On behalf of the people of Illinois, I offer my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable celebration this evening, and look forward to a strong continued relationship for many years to come.

K  Thomas  Stevens

Letter from President (Chi)


We are excited for the quality and depth of engagement between our members, program participants, sponsors, and other stakeholders.  Initiatives launched over the course of the last several years have evolved to mesh and open great opportunities, now well beyond Chicago.

Our Speakers Series, in its fifth year, features business executives at the highest of levels sharing messages which transcend industry, capitalization, and geography.  While in-person audience participants often exceed 200, a much broader community became evident.  Thus was launched Beyond Borders, our video streaming program.  Remote viewers participate in Q&A and surveys, and receive benefits and information.  Our programming has now been distributed to Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Denver in the American Midwest, Toronto, and crossing over, London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh.

BritView, a video and written article platform celebrating stories of successes, challenges overcome, and war wounds, was launched in October 2015.  In these few months it has been met with incredible success and further syndicated to other BABC Chapters.  Explore at

This run of programs and initiatives will lead to Chicago hosting the 2017 Transatlantic Conference.  Following most recent conferences in New York and London, the 2017 event will see 2,000 member companies from across 22 BABC Chapter cities have the chance to participate in an incredible dialogue with thought-provoking leaders – each challenging our assumptions and helping to define that fine edge of opportunity.  Participate in the building of the Conference at

All of this is has been the product of a BABC which is keen to be relevant – demonstrably relevant.  Our community makes an investment in the BABC with each program and event, and the return on that investment must be material and tangible.  Such takes a concerted and sustained effort by the BABC staff and board; no one can let up on innovating, testing, measuring and, of greatest importance: listening.  You, our true BABC investor, are a precious resource.

With great thanks,

Tom Stevens
President, BABC Chicago
ExComm Treasurer, BAB

BABC Chicago Leadership