Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4

350 East Cermak Road

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The Equinix CH1, CH2, and CH4 data centers are located at 350 East Cermak Rd in Chicago, which is one of the biggest carrier hotels in the world. The building is an unusual confluence of two Interconnection ecosystems, Internet Exchange and Financial Exchange. The two ecosystems create significant demand for space in the building and therefore available colocation space is limited and pricing is higher.

Equinix distinctly separates CH1, CH2, and CH4 into separate data centers, but in reality, the sites are in the same building. Overtime when Equinix ran out of capacity the company expanded to a new floor and gave the site a new name (ie, CH1, CH2, etc.) The chart below breaks down the sites and their locations.

Site Location Gross SqFt Usable SqFt Power MW
CH1 5th Floor 166,084 50,992 3.3
CH2 6th Floor 110,618 58,852 2.5
CH4 8th Floor 20,225 19,169 2.4
Total 296,927 129,013 8.2

The Building:

Digital Realty Trust owns the building at 350 Cermak and is Equinix's Landlord. Digital Reality also operates the building Meet Me Room (MMR) on the 2nd floor. The MMR is a legacy Telx facility.

Cross Connects & Reaching Non-Equinix Suites in the Building:

Equinix controls and manages conduit to deliver cross-connects between each of their suites in the building. From a cross-connect perspective, Equinix treats CH1, CH2, and CH4 as one large data center. If a carrier is on a different Equinix floor, they are reachable via a standard cross-connect and there are no additional charges to connect within Equinix's site(s) at 350 E Cermak beyond the standard XC fee.

However, it is expensive to connect to networks outside of Equinix space. An Intra-Building Cross Connect (IBCC) is a fiber pair (effectively a cross-connect) that runs from an Equinix suite (A-side) to the building's meet-me room (formerly Telx) on the 2nd floor. The total cost of the pair can be over $1,000 MRC. (IBCCs are at least $750 MRC and there can be Z-end charges as well.)

Other Equinix Sites in Chicago

Equinix maintains two other locations in Chicago. CH3 is a large data center in Elk Grove and CH7 is a smaller data center in Westmont that was a legacy Verizon facility.

Connections to CH3 in Elk Grove

Equinix connects it's other Chicago data centers together via it's Metro Connect service. Metro Connect is effectively a 'carrier-grade' transport network between the company's Chicago facilities.

Telco Info:

Equinix connects their Cermak site to Equinix CH3 via IBX Link, which is a lit transport service.

NPA/NXX 312-255
LEC AT&T (Ameritech)
LATA 358

Map and Nearby Locations:

350 East Cermak Road (5th, 6th, and 8th Floors)
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Sites within 15 miles of Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4

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0.00 miles Colocation America CH1
0.00 miles 350 E Cermak - Digital Realty
0.00 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1
Centersquare's ORD1 site is located in the heart of the Chicago Financial District on the 7th floor of an 8-story building on a fiber-linked campus.
0.00 miles Steadfast Chicago 350 E Cermak
0.00 miles Atlantic Metro ORD0
0.02 miles ServerCentral Chicago DRT-CH1
0.03 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1(B, C & D)
Digital Realty Trust owns the building at 350 Cermak and is CTL's Landlord.
1.30 miles CoreSite Chicago CH2
In February 2018, CoreSite acquired a two-acre land parcel in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on which CoreSite built CH2, a greenfield development of a 175,000-square-foot, turn-key, four-story data center supporting 18 critical megawatts of power capacity. The building was completed in June 2020.
1.50 miles 725 S Wells - 1547 Critical Systems
1547 Acquired the site in December of 2018.
1.50 miles Steadfast Chicago 725 Wells
1.50 miles Atlantic Metro ORD3
1.50 miles Crown Castle 725 S Wells
1.50 miles Colo@ Chicago
1.52 miles Netrality Chicago: 717 S Wells
The 10 story building was constructed in 1923 and eventually was converted into a data center.
1.53 miles Cogent: 600 S Federal
1.53 miles Colocation America CH2
1.53 miles Lumen Chicago 5
1.53 miles 600 S Federal - Digital Realty
1.62 miles Server Farm Realty 840 South Canal
4 MW Critical Load on Each Floor (Floors 1-5) 130-160 Watts per Raised Floor SF
1.62 miles DataBank (ORD2) 840 S Canal
1.66 miles InfoRelay Chicago
1.66 miles CoreSite Chicago CH1
Once owned by the Western Union company, the building was formerly known as "The Telegraph Building."
1.66 miles 365 Chicago
The site is a former Switch and Data site (also owned by Equinix for a short period.)
1.66 miles Cogent: 427 S LaSalle
1.68 miles QuadraNet Chicago
1.75 miles First Communications Chicago
1.77 miles TierPoint Chicago Polk
1.88 miles Cogent: 216 W Jackson
1.88 miles Verizon: 140 S Dearborn
2.25 miles Lumen Chicago 6
2.33 miles Lumen Chicago 1
2.33 miles EXA - 111 North Canal
Former GTT suite
2.34 miles Lumen Chicago 3
2.68 miles QTS Chicago
The campus was a former Sun Times Press Facility and was acquired in 2014
2.98 miles Metro Edge: Illinois Medical District (IMD)
Commercial real estate investment firm Metro Edge Development is building a data center in Chicago, Illinois.
3.24 miles Lumen Chicago 4
3.39 miles Lumen Chicago 2
4.09 miles 1547 Chicago Midway Technology Centre
11.30 miles Digital Crossroad (Indiana NAP)
The facility (DX-1) is a 105,000 square foot, 20-Megawatt (MW) data center located on the former State Line Generating Plant, Hammond, IN.
11.46 miles Digital Crossroad: Hammond, IN (Phase 2)
Digital Crossroad is planning to expand its campus in Hammond, Indiana. The company plans to add another 180,000 sq ft (16,720 sqm) building and 20MW in the second phase.
12.35 miles Lumen Broadview
13.32 miles Tierpoint Chicago West
13.37 miles 9333 Grand Ave (DRT)
13.37 miles SingleHop Chicago
13.39 miles Digital Chicago Franklin Park Campus on Grand Ave - Digital Realty
Digital Chicago is a master-planned 40-acre campus in the Village of Franklin Park. The campus has 3 existing buildings, totaling 574,994 sqft
13.40 miles 9377 Grand Ave
13.40 miles 9355 Grand Ave
15.57 miles Verizon: Swift Dr
15.57 miles DataBank (ORD4) Oak Brook
15.57 miles LexusNexis Oak Brook
15.77 miles 505 N Railroad Ave - Digital Realty
The Digital Chicago Campus covers 21 acres of land with access to major fiber networks and can support up to 8 MW of IT load at N+1 redundancies.
15.91 miles Aligned Chicago ORD-01
Aligned's ORD-01 data center is a state-of-the-art facility located in Northlake, IL, just outside of downtown Chicago. At full build, Aligned’s Chicago campus covers 520,000 sq. ft. and offers ~ 100 MW of critical load.
15.93 miles Aligned ORD-02
Aligned's ORD-02 is a data center located in Northlake, IL near downtown Chicago. Part of Aligned's 18.5-acre hyperscale campus, ORD-02 offers exceptional connectivity at the convergence of over 12 metro/long-haul networks. At full build, ORD-02 building will provide 36MW of critical load capacity expandable to ~52 MW.
16.16 miles Microsoft Chicago Northlake
16.29 miles T5 Northlake IL
T5 Data Center is expanding its footprint in Chicago. T5@Chicago III will be build-to-suit, with the company spending more than $500 million to develop a three-story, 300,000 sq ft facility for multi-tenant or single-tenant operations.
16.54 miles Server Farm Oak Brook
The campus was originally built as the corporate headquarters of the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I).
16.54 miles Verizon: (Oak Brook)
16.54 miles US Signal Oakbrook
800a 480V 3 phase 450kW diesel generator with 24 hour run time at full load 500kVa UPS capacity with battery backup
16.66 miles NYI Chicago (Oak Brook)
17.30 miles Iron Mountain Chicago
First announced in 2018, the former Hart Schaffner Marx suit factory started construction in 2024.
18.47 miles Equinix Chicago CH7
19.69 miles Element Critical CH1
Element Critical acquired the site in January 2019 from Sungard. The facility was previously known as SunGard Wood Dale (711).
19.71 miles Element Critical CH2
Element Critical acquired the site in January 2019 from Sungard. The facility was previously known as SunGard Wood Dale (341).
19.87 miles EdgeConneX CHI01
19.88 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD2
Cyxtera's CH3 Elk Grove site is across the street from the Digital Realty Chicago campus (former Dupont Fabros) and close to Equinix CH3.
19.97 miles EdgeConneX CHI02
19.98 miles Stream Chicago I
19.98 miles 2299 Busse (CH2) Digital Realty

Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4 Data Center Photos

Outside of 350 E Cermak
This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.

Stack Plan for Equinix Facilities in 350 E Cermak

This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.

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Rooftop view at 350 E Cermak

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