Itasca made the list of best places to start a business in Illinois, according to NerdWallet

NerdWallet analyzed 285 places in Illinois, each with a population of at least 5,000. We calculated the overall score for every location based on the city’s business climate and economic health using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Learn more about our methodology at the end of this article.

Chicago suburbs win. The 10 top places on our list are in northern Illinois, with all but one, Peru, clustered around Chicago. Almost all of the top spots are in suburban Chicago, 15 to 30 miles from downtown.

Itasca comes in with the highest-average revenue per business, at $8,827,217. This affordable suburb, where the median monthly housing cost is just under $1,500, is near O’Hare International Airport. Midas Inc., global office supply company Fellowes and insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. are headquartered in Itasca. It’s also home to the Willy Wonka Candy Factory. The Itasca Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses through networking, seminars, community events and economic development opportunities. The GOA Regional Business Association is located in the community and offers networking, training and other support to businesses in over 80 communities in northeastern Illinois.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

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