Chicago Data Center Campus

Construction is underway at Prime’s Chicago data center campus in Elk Grove Village. The campus plan features three hyperscale data centers and 180 MW of confirmed, critical power capacity. This campus is ideal for hyperscale and high-density, AI workloads.

WELCOME TO CHICAGO: THE DATA CENTER CAPITAL OF THE MIDWEST

Chicago Data Center Market Overview

CHICAGO DATA CENTER
MARKET

The Chicago data center market, specifically Elk Grove Village, is one of the fastest-growing US markets thanks to lucrative financial incentives such as tax breaks. Chicago also offers easy access to reliable and low-cost power as well as strong connectivity.

PRIME'S CHICAGO
DATA CENTERS

Prime’s Chicago data center campus will feature three hyperscale facilities and 180 MW of critical power capacity at full build-out. Each data center will be built with a focus on sustainability with near-zero WUE, annualized PUE of 1.3 and access to renewable energy.

Why Prime Chicago Data Centers

THREE REASONS TO CHOOSE PRIME IN CHICAGO

1. Data centers on your terms: unique ownership and dynamic lease options

2. Ample capacity for short / long-term growth

3. Wholesale dark fiber for carrier hotel MMR access

CAMPUS

  • 29.75 acres
  • 3 hyperscale data centers
  • 180 MW critical power capacity
  • Dedicated, on-site substation
  • Gated / Secure entry, anti-climb fencing

DATA CENTERS

  • 3-story facility design
  • ORD01-01: 72 MW, 384,210 GSF
  • ORD01-02: 54 MW, 354,000 GSF
  • ORD01-03: 54 MW, 224,973 GSF
  • Lease a private data hall up to the full campus

INFRASTRUCTRURE

  • Concurrently maintainable systems
  • Efficient, block-redundant design
  • N+1 cooling system
  • N+1 gens & UPS
  • 30 kW/rack air cooled, 50+ kW/rack AALC/Hybrid

SECURITY & COMPLIANCE

  • SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001*
  • Biometric / Key-card access controls
  • Anti-tailgating mantraps
  • 24x7x365 officers, CCTV, monitoring
  • 30-day video retention

NETWORK / CONNECTIVITY

  • 17 carriers in proximity
  • Low-latency fiber access to 350 E. Cermak IXP
  • ~100 Chicago metro carriers
  • Dark fiber to regional IXPs, cloud on-ramps
  • Diverse fiber points of entry (PoE)

SUSTAINABILITY

  • PUE of 1.3
  • Closed-loop cooling for near-zero WUE
  • Free-air cooling for increased efficiency
  • Access to reliable, renewable energy
  • Environmentally-friendly building materials

CHICAGO DATA CENTER TAX INCENTIVES

As digital infrastructure becomes more expensive, regions offering incentives are becoming extremely desirable for data-driven organizations and data center providers alike.

In Illinois and Elk Grove Village, qualifying data center projects like Prime Chicago are extended a state and local sales tax exemption on data center equipment for 10 years. To qualify, the project must have an investment of $250 million or more (in the facility) and create 20 full-time jobs. Cost of power in Chicago is also lower than most other tier 1 markets. The result? Operators and their customers can significantly reduce their overall total cost of ownership.

Elk Grove Village Data Centers

LEARN WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE CHICAGO FOR YOUR NEXT TECH HUB.

Dallas Data Center Market - City Skyline
OVERVIEW | Chicago is the third-largest US data center market in terms of inventory. Approximately 9 million people call the Chicago Metro Area home with 22 Fortune 500 member organizations contributing to the local economy.

The strong enterprise base comes from a wide range of industries including financial services and banking, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare and biotech, real estate, and hospitality.
The talent pool in and around Chicago is abundant, experienced and educated with numerous private and public universities within a short drive including Northwestern, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Chicago, Loyola and Depaul amongst numerous others.

The area is served by multiple regional and international airports including O'hare and Midway. World-class dining and entertainment options abound.
MARKET SIZE | CBRE ranked Chicago as the third-largest North American data center market in terms of capacity with 559.6 MW. It is also in demand. With 220+ MW of absorption, Chicago saw more leasing than the previous nine years combined.

As a result of the record absorption, data center vacancy in Chicago is at 2%, one of the lowest levels in the US. The lack of supply has led to an increase in per-kilowatt pricing levels. Resources for additional market information:
POWER | According to JLL, the average power cost in Chicago for 2023 was $0.069 per kilowatt hour. The primary utility provider in Elk Grove Village is ComEd.

Power Reliability | ComEd was awarded 2023 ReliabilityOne® Outstanding System Reliability Award, as well as the 2023 ReliabilityOne® Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Midwest Region.
Renewable Power Sources | ComEd's 2023 Sources of Electricity disclosure shows a grid mix of 42% natural gas, 33% nuclear, 18% coal, 6% wind-solar-hydro, and 1% other.
NETWORK | Chicago is the midwest network relay point for the United States. ~100 networks converge within the region with the majority accessible at the 350 E. Cermak Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

Dark fiber access is abundant with multiple providers offering fiber ring access to regional IXPs. Prime Chicago has 17 carrier options in close proximity to the campus offering easy access to low-cost, wholesale fiber pairs.
RISK PROFILE | The total economic output of Chicago in gross metropolitan product totaled US$770.7 billion in 2020, surpassing the total economic output of Switzerland and making Chicago's gross metropolitan product (GMP) the third largest in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. Risk of Natural Disaster | Cook County has a moderate natural disaster risk score of 39%. Over the past 20 years, 20 disasters have been declared by the county, most of which related to Severe Storm incidents. Cook County is not at risk from wildfires, while its 22% average earthquake risk score is low. The average summer temperature is expected to rise by 2.3 Fahrenheit degrees by 2100.

READY FOR DATA CENTERS ON YOUR TERMS?​

Our mission is to build your foundation for technology advancement. Your data will forever change the world. Talk with Prime about your goals in Chicago. Together, we will build a solution that helps ease short-term pressures with the long-term relationship in mind.