Chicago Data Center Market

The Chicago data center market is located in the state of Illinois within Americas. Chicago has 106 facilities with 8,309,167 sqft and 1,069 megawatts.

The top providers in Chicago are Digital Realty Trust (11 sites) and Lumen Technologies with 8 facilities. The most popular facilities are T5 Northlake IL and Compass Hoffman Estates.

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Data Centers in Chicago

Name Address Gross SqFt Type
T5 Northlake IL Northlake Carrier-Neutral
Equinix Chicago CH7 111 Plaza Drive 45,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4 350 East Cermak Road 296,927 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
2299 Busse (CH2) Digital Realty 2299 Busse Rd 160,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Aligned ORD-02 501 Northwest Avenue Carrier-Neutral
CoreWeave: US Central ORD1 Street Address
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Equinix Chicago CH3 1905 Lunt Ave 272,103 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Edgeconnex Chicago Campus Carrier-Neutral
NTT: 1200 N Arlington Heights (Planned) 1200 N Arlington Heights Rd Owned by a Carrier, but operates as Carrier-Neutral
Lumen Chicago 1 111 North Canal Street 57,847 Gross SqFt Carrier
STACK Chicago CHI01 1441 Touhy Ave Carrier-Neutral
CloudHQ Mount Prospect ORD3 1200 E Algonquin Rd Carrier-Neutral
Cogent: 427 S LaSalle 427 South LaSalle Street 2,711 Gross SqFt Carrier
Stream Chicago I 2080 Lunt Avenue 70,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
XO (Swift Dr) 1808 Swift Road Carrier
Atlantic Metro ORD0 350 East Cermak Road 20,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Evoque Lisle CH1 4513 Western Avenue 130,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Colocation America CH1 350 E Cermak Rd Chicago Carrier-Neutral
SingleHop Chicago 9333 Grand Ave Carrier
STACK Chicago CHI02 1301 Touhy Ave Carrier-Neutral
Digital Elk Grove Village Campus 2200 Busse Rd. Carrier-Neutral
ServerCentral CH1 2200 Busse Rd. 18,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Compass Hoffman Estates 3333 Beverly Rd Carrier-Neutral
Server Farm Realty 840 South Canal 840 South Canal Carrier-Neutral
Server Farm Oak Brook 810 Jorie Blvd Carrier-Neutral
Microsoft Chicago Northlake Street Address
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707,244 Gross SqFt Hyperscale
NTT: 1250 N Arlington Heights (Planned) 1250 N Arlington Heights Rd Owned by a Carrier, but operates as Carrier-Neutral
CyrusOne Chicago Aurora CME 2905 Diehl Rd Carrier-Neutral
EdgeConneX CHI01 1800 Nicholas Blvd 90,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Metro Edge: Illinois Medical District (IMD) South Damen Avenue & West 14th Street Real Estate
XO: 140 S Dearborn 140 South Dearborn Street Carrier
Netrality Chicago: 717 S Wells 717 South Wells Street 100,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
TierPoint Chicago Polk 601 West Polk Street 25,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Lumen Chicago 4 600 West Chicago Avenue Carrier
Lumen Broadview 2101 Roberts Drive 8,917 Gross SqFt Carrier
US Signal Oakbrook 810 Jorie Blvd. Oak Brook Carrier
Verizon Chicago (Downers Grove) 111 Plaza Drive 45,000 Gross SqFt Carrier
NTT Chicago CH1 255 Pierce Rd 126,000 Gross SqFt Owned by a Carrier, but operates as Carrier-Neutral
Stream Chicago II 1925 Busse Road 30,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
QTS Chicago 2800 S. Ashland Ave 48,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
725 S Wells - 1547 Critical Systems 725 S Wells St Chicago 42,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
CoreSite Chicago CH1 427 South LaSalle Street 180,032 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
First Communications Chicago 601 West Polk Carrier
Rackspace Elk Grove ORD1 Street Address
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96,232 Gross SqFt Hyperscale
Lumen Chicago 5 600 South Federal Street Carrier
2200 Busse Rd (CH1) DRT 2200 Busse Road 230,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Skybox Chicago I 800 Devon Avenue 120,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
9333 Grand Ave (DRT) 9333 Grand Ave Carrier-Neutral
Cyxtera Chicago CH4 350 East Cermak 41,073 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
XO: (Oak Brook) 810 Jorie Boulevard Carrier
505 N Railroad Ave - Digital Realty 505 N Railroad Ave Carrier-Neutral
350 E Cermak - Digital Realty 350 East Cermak Road Carrier-Neutral
Lumen Chicago 2 900 N Kingsbury St Carrier
DataBank (ORD2) 840 S Canal 840 S Canal St 10,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Cyxtera Chicago CH2 350 East Cermak 142,346 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
QuadraNet Chicago 427 S LaSalle St Carrier-Neutral
EdgeConneX CHI02 2021 Lunt Ave 19,875 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
DataBank (ORD1) 600 S Federal 8,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Atlantic Metro ORD3 725 South Wells Street 10,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
T5 Chicago II 200 Innovation Drive 103,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
4267 Meridian Pkwy: Lincoln Rackhouse 4267 Meridian Pkwy 34,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Cogent Naperville 40 Shuman Boulevard 1,000 Gross SqFt Carrier
Aligned Chicago ORD-01 505 Northwest Ave Carrier-Neutral
Digital Fortress: Chicago Lombard 360 E 22nd St 27,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Colocation America CH3 800 E Business Center Dr Carrier-Neutral
New Continuum: 603 Discovery 603 Discovery Drive 80,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Colocation America CH2 600 S Federal St Chicago Carrier-Neutral
ColoCrossing CH1 2200 Busse Rd. 10,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
LexusNexis Oak Brook 1808 Swift Dr Carrier-Neutral
Lumen Chicago 3 200 North LaSalle Street Carrier
600 S Federal - Digital Realty 600 South Federal Street 161,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Steadfast Chicago 725 Wells 725 S Wells St Chicago 30,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
ServerCentral Chicago DRT-CH1 350 E. Cermak Road Carrier-Neutral
CoreSite Chicago CH2 1432 S Clinton Street 56,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Prime Elk Grove 1600 Oakton St Carrier-Neutral
Facebook DeKalb IL Street Address
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NYI Chicago (Oak Brook) 800 Jorie Boulevard 16,750 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
360TCS-Lombard 360 E 22nd Street 16,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Steadfast Chicago 350 E Cermak 350 E Cermak Rd 16,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
1547 Chicago Midway Technology Centre 40 E Garfield Blvd 52,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
CyrusOne Chicago Lombard 1850 Springer Drive Carrier-Neutral
1450 E Devon Ave (CH3) DRT 1450 E Devon Ave 157,500 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Cyxtera Elk Grove CH3 2425 Busse Road 163,747 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Iron Mountain Chicago 1680 E Touhy Ave Carrier-Neutral
Digital Chicago Franklin Park Campus on Grand Ave - Digital Realty Carrier-Neutral
GTT - 111 North Canal 111 North Canal Street 5,000 Gross SqFt Carrier
Colo@ Chicago 725 S Wells St Carrier-Neutral
DataBank (ORD4) Oak Brook 1808 Swift Road 86,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Cogent: 216 W Jackson 216 W Jackson Blvd Carrier
CenturyLink: Arlington Heights 1305 East Algonquin Road Carrier
Crown Castle 725 S Wells 725 S Wells St Chicago Carrier
NetSource Chicago 2368 Corporate Lane Carrier-Neutral
DataBank ORD3 Mount Prospect 800 E Business Center Dr 28,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Complete Source Schaumburg 432 E State Pkwy Schaumburg 5,650 Gross SqFt MSP
Lumen Chicago 6 101 North Wacker Drive 1,572 Gross SqFt Carrier
Microsoft Hoffman Estates 2 Street Address
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Cogent: 600 S Federal 600 South Federal Street 2,400 Gross SqFt Carrier
InfoRelay Chicago 427 S La Salle St Carrier-Neutral
365 Chicago 427 South LaSalle Street 21,748 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
9377 Grand Ave 9377 Grand Ave Carrier-Neutral
GTT - 717 South Wells 717 South Wells Street 20,000 Gross SqFt Carrier
Element Critical CH1 711 North Edgewood Avenue 115,500 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Microsoft Hoffman Estates 1 Street Address
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Tierpoint Chicago West 9333 West Grand Avenue 15,650 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
Element Critical CH2 341-361 Haynes Drive 30,000 Gross SqFt Carrier-Neutral
9355 Grand Ave 9355 Grand Ave Carrier-Neutral

Largest Providers in Chicago

Digital Realty Trust
Facilities: 11
Power: 246 MWs
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Lumen Technologies
Facilities: 8
Power: 1 MWs
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Cogent Communications
Facilities: 4
Power: 2 MWs
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Verizon Enterprise
Facilities: 4
Power: 2 MWs
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Largest Data Centers in Chicago

Location Total SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW)
Microsoft Chicago Northlake 0 SqFt
707,244 SqFt
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350 E Cermak - Digital Realty 1,133,391 SqFt
0 SqFt
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Facebook DeKalb IL 2,227,000 SqFt
0 SqFt
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CyrusOne Chicago Aurora CME 428,000 SqFt
0 SqFt
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2200 Busse Rd (CH1) DRT 485,000 SqFt
230,000 SqFt
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Sites Under Construction in Chicago

Location Building SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Estimated Launch
T5 Northlake IL 300,000 SqFt ??? NN
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Regions in Chicago


About This Metro

Chicago is a popular location to build colocation and wholesale data centers. Five quick reasons to colocate a data center in Chicago:
  • Chicago is the 3rd largest metro in the United States
  • Nexus of connectivity options
  • Low risk of natural disasters
  • Low to moderate electric utility costs
  • Cooler climate

Chicago Data Center Market

The Chicago Data Center Market is one of the largest data center markets in the US. It is primarily split into 2 distinct markets: Downtown Chicago and Suburban Chicago.

Downtown Chicago Market

Downtown (also known as the Loop) consists of network dense facilities and financial trading deployments. Because of the urban environment, the data centers are tall multistory buildings usually retrofitted from an office tower or a warehouse. That's ok, warehouses have "good bones" because of the ability to support high floor weights and have taller ceilings than office towers.

Downtown Chicago also has higher network density as it is a nexus of networks for the Midwest region. Digital Realty maintains the Meet-Me-Room (MMR) at 350 E Cermak (Lakeside Technology Center) and Equinix's CH1, CH2, & CH4 sites are also in the building. CoreSite's CH1 site at 427 S LaSalle offers modest network density.

Suburban Chicago

The suburbs consist of data centers that are built in a campus environment where the buildings generally are 1 or 2 stories. The suburban data centers have higher power densities and offer more wholesale options. However, there are less Interconnection (Network) options and higher latencies to most destinations. (Most IP traffic needs to be hauled downtown before reaching the broader Internet.)

Wholesale Providers:

  • QTS's Chicago site offers a mix of wholesale and retail floor space. Located in the former Sun Times Press Facility it offers a location just outside of the loop.
  • Digital Realty offers 6 locations in Chicago. 350 E Cermak and 600 S Federal are downtown and network rich retail options. Digital's Franklin Park Campus and the former Dupont Fabros's campus in Elk Grove.
  • RagingWire is in Itasca near Elk Grove

Retail Colocation Chicago Providers:

  • Equinix has 3 locations
  • Zayo has 3 sites
  • Sungard has 3 sites in the Northwest
  • Cyxtera offers 2 locations
  • Steadfast has 2 retail locations downtown.
  • CyrusOne focuses on the Fintech colo after they acquired the CME data center in Aurora.

Electrical Utility:

Illinois's electricity market is deregulated that separates power generation and transport. Commonwealth Edison, aka ComEd, is the primary electric provider that generates its power from Coal (31%), Nuclear (26%, Wind (15%), Natural Gas (14%) and Hydro (7%). Pricing fluctuates, but the average cost in the $.08/kwh range.


Chicago Demographics:

Located at the southern end of Lake Michigan, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States with a MSA population of 9.5 million people. Chicago's economy is one of the world most diverse. There are more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 in the Fortune 500. Source: Wikipedia




Files

File Date Added Description Actions
IL_Data_Centers_Incentives_Report_Final.pdf July 2019

Indepth discussion around data center incentives. Should Illinois provide incentives to seed data center growth (42 pages)

Chicago-H1-2018-US_Industrial_DataCenterOutlook_JLL.pdf August 2019

JLL's Chicago Data center market overview H1 2018