Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday wrapped up a two-day business trip in China to promote trade and tourism.
He delivered remarks at Tsinghua University in Beijing and later at a Choose Chicago luncheon. He also addressed the minister of commerce, vice mayors and leaders of several major Chinese cities to sign an agreement related to trade with Chicago.
City officials said the memorandum of understanding will establish Chicago "as a gateway for Chinese investment."
World Business Chicago, a nonprofit organization that Emanuel chairs, foot the bill for the trip, the Chicago Tribune reported.
From China, Emanuel was scheduled to join his family on vacation in Indonesia.
Chicago officials have worked to strengthen with China in the past.
Earlier this year, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and an official from World Business Chicago met with Chinese business and government leaders to lure investment and jobs to Chicago.
Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley hosted Chinese officials in Chicago in 2011.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.