For two days in Chicago, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Link produced a special conference program with the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The event brought corporate and political leaders together for many high-level conversations that examined the market conditions that CEOs are operating in and established a framework for CEOs to consider the year ahead. Delegates joined Mayor Emanuel, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Barry Diller, Madeleine Albright, Eric Schmidt and the leaders behind of some of the most influential and innovative global companies doing business today.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the City of Chicago and World Business Chicago collaborated with Bloomberg to host “The Year Ahead: 2014″ conference on November 20 and 21 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bloomberg proprietary data and analysis provided the basis for “The Year Ahead: 2014,” including a digital leaderboard and a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. “One of Bloomberg’s strengths is applying complex analytics and unique editorial content to create actionable insights,” said Bloomberg CEO Dan Doctoroff. “The Year Ahead franchise leverages this strength across multiple platforms to provide a new set of tools that will help business leaders plan for 2014.”

The Bloomberg Industry Leaderboard is a groundbreaking dynamic tool on Bloomberg.com that lets visitors compare 600 companies across 55 global industries, from telecom to oil & gas to IT services. The analysis goes beyond traditional size data to include industry-specific measures and proprietary forward-looking metrics to provide the kind of insight business leaders need to spot trends and assess their standing versus competitors. A portion of the data selected for the leaderboard will automatically update each market day making it a truly unique resource. The deep expertise of Bloomberg Industries analysts provides a broader audience with a taste of the wealth of data and insights offered to Bloomberg Professional service subscribers.