Data Center

Chicago, IL Hyperscale
Campus

Why Chicago?

Chicago is the second-ranked data center market in the world due to its cloud availability, development pipeline, fiber connectivity, land price, market size, and vacancy, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Chicago has long served as a major infrastructure hub for regional and national trade and commerce. Now, a global nexus for our rapidly transforming digital economy, the “Second City” has become a geostrategic destination for data center investment that no competitive organization would want to ignore. Chicago’s central location, long-haul connectivity, and access to renewable energy options make it an ideal site for hyperscalers, cloud companies, and multinational enterprises to deploy their mission-critical infrastructure. 

Economic stability, reliable power and low utility costs, and attractive tax incentives, including exemptions from sales and use tax for qualifying data centers, make Chicago one of the most affordable and sought-after data center markets in the U.S. 

Not surprisingly, data center owner-operators and their customers are rediscovering Chicago and its many advantages as a destination site. The Chicago metropolitan area offers world-class fiber infrastructure. The colder climate saves money on cooling costs, and there’s a low risk of natural disasters.

Chicago’s convenient, centralized location is equally as accessible to New York City as it is to the West Coast. The city’s highly skilled workforce has attracted some of the world’s largest social media, software, and tech firms as they look to tap into the market’s immense talent pool, and at a much more affordable cost than coastal alternatives.

ORD-01 Data Center Facts

18.5 Acres
220,000 Sq. Ft.
36 MW

ORD-01 Data Center

505 Northwest Ave, Northlake, IL 60164.

  • 18.5-acre campus
  • Concrete slab-on-grade and structured steel
  • Private, dedicated data center suites
  • ASCE 7 occupancy category IV data hall FM-120 and office FM-90 roof lift ratings
  • Wind importance factor: 1.15
  • Bays with delivery platform and equipment trap
  • Dedicated office space for rent
  • Shared conference rooms and drop-in office pods
  • 24x7x365 accessibility
  • 100% Uptime SLA

Security & Fire Protection

  • 8’ Impasse steel security fencing with laser intrusion detection
  • Five-layer security design
  • Card reader access
  • 24x7x365 on-site security guards
  • Multiple checkpoints: mantraps, dual authentication
  • Event-driven IP video surveillance and visual light-based alerts
  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system

Connectivity & Power

  • Metro providers in proximity to site:
  • AT&T, Cogent, Comcast, Crown Castle, PacketFabric, Zayo

Sustainability

  • Access to renewable energy options
  • 100% of load matched with renewable energy sources
  • Cooling technology leveraging up to 85% less water and 80% less power than traditional systems
  • Industry-leading PUE, WUE, and CUE

Cooling

  • Delta³™ cooling technology combined with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system absorbs heat at its source, supporting variable power densities and allowing scalability up to 50 kW per rack

Compliance

  • System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 1 Type 2
  • PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, NIST 800-53, ISO 27001:2013

ORD-01 Data Center Photos

ORD-02 Data Center Facts

18.5 Acres
228,768 Sq. Ft.
36 MW

(expandable to ~52 MW)

ORD-02 Data Center

501 Northwest Ave, Northlake, IL 60164.

  • 18.5-acre campus
  • Concrete slab-on-grade and structured steel
  • Private, dedicated data center suites
  • ASCE 7 occupancy category IV data hall FM-120 and office FM-90 roof lift ratings
  • Wind importance factor: 1.15
  • Bays with delivery platform and equipment trap
  • Dedicated office space for rent
  • Shared conference rooms and drop-in office pods
  • 24x7x365 accessibility
  • 100% Uptime SLA

Security & Fire Protection

  • 8’ Impasse steel security fencing with laser intrusion detection
  • Five-layer security design
  • Card reader access
  • 24x7x365 on-site security guards
  • Multiple checkpoints: mantraps, dual authentication
  • Event-driven IP video surveillance and visual light-based alerts
  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system

Connectivity & Power

  • Metro providers in proximity to site:
  • AT&T, Cogent, Comcast, Crown Castle, PacketFabric, Zayo

Sustainability

  • Access to renewable energy options
  • 100% of load matched with renewable energy sources
  • Cooling technology leveraging up to 85% less water and 80% less power than traditional systems
  • Industry-leading PUE, WUE, and CUE

Cooling

  • Delta³™ cooling technology combined with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system absorbs heat at its source, supporting variable power densities and allowing scalability up to 50 kW per rack

Compliance

  • System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 1 Type 2
  • PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, NIST 800-53, ISO 27001:2013

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Location

505 Northwest Ave, Northlake, IL 60164.
501 Northwest Ave, Northlake, IL 60164.

What’s Inside

Cooling Infrastructure

Delta³™ technology supports mixed density deployments up to 50 kW per rack

Power Distribution

Flexible, modular equipment designed for hyper-scalability, resiliency and 100% uptime

Sustainability

Ultra-efficient, rapidly deployable infrastructure with renewable power options

Operational Excellence

Customer-driven team, offering remote hands assistance for enterprises

Customer Portal

Real-time visibility and control
of your infrastructure

Security and Compliance

Multi-layered physical security
and stringent data protection standards