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Scalable capacity and network access in downtown Chicago

Adjacent to the Chicago Board of Trade, CoreSite's Chicago data center serves one of the largest financial districts in the world, in addition to thriving healthcare and media hubs.


Customers at CH1 enjoy robust connectivity options to a multitude of networks as well as CoreSite's Open Cloud Exchange and Any2Exchange®; in addition to direct access to other regional communication hubs through strategic partnerships with carriers.


CoreSite’s Chicago data center is located on major network fiber rings in downtown Chicago next door to the Chicago Board of Trade. The facility offers more than 183,000 square feet of secure and reliable (100% uptime SLA) data center space, ready to deploy with cabinets and cages supporting high-density power configurations.


CH1 provides customers with access to a flourishing network community including numerous cloud service providers, financial trading firms, and enterprises. Financial firms choose CH1 because the high level of network connectivity enables them to conduct high-speed trading with virtually zero latency while still complying with FISMA regulations.

Chicago Data Center Building Exterior


Facility size

  • 183,000 square feet


  • Cabinets, cages, and private suites
  • Rooftop space available


  • AC and DC
  • Breakered and metered billing

Fit out

  • Powered shell, infrastructured shell, and turn-key


  • N, N+1, and 2N UPS; N+1 generator


  • CoreSite's Open Cloud Exchange
  • Any2Exchange


  • Diverse POEs, MDFs, and IDFs
  • Dual-path routing capable from street to each suite

Cross connects

  • Fiber, copper, and coaxial with standard 2-day installation (faster emergency services available)

Carrier Availability

  • Key card access
  • Biometric scanners
  • Mantrap entries
  • Perimeter and interior IP-DVR cameras
  • 24x7x365 security guard monitoring
  • Controlled site access


  • Three diverse underground utility feeds from ComEd's high-reliability downtown electric grid
  • Minimum N+1 redundancy on generators
  • Up to 2N redundancy on UPSs, PDUs and RPPs
  • Up to 36 hours of on-site fuel storage


  • Minimum N+1 redundancy on chillers, CRAHs and chilled water pumps


  • 24x7x365 on-site, BICSI and CFOT accredited personnel availability
  • 24x7x365 remote hands

BMS controls

  • State-of-the-art mission critical controls and monitoring


  • 100% uptime SLA
  • Portfolio performance of six 9s (99.9999%) uptime

Floor loading

  • 175 LBS/SF throughout facility

Column spacing

  • 20' x 26'

Clear height

  • 8'6" above 24" raised floor

Hardened exterior

  • ​​Roof designed to withstand 125 MPH wind speeds

Loading dock

  • Sheltered exterior 36" dock-high with hydraulic lift
  • Semi-truck accessible and forklift equipped

Package Service

  • 24x7 package receipt and temp storage


  • Passenger: 5'w x 4'd x 9'h (2,000 LBS)
  • Freight: 12'w x 5'd x 9'h (6,000 LBS)

On-site parking

  • 10 dedicated spaces adjacent; multiple public parking options in immediate vicinity

Storage and staging

  • Private and shared areas
  • SSAE 16 Type 2
  • Office space and conference rooms
  • 24x7x365 tech lounge with televisions, couches and kitchen


  • Mitsubishi high-efficiency UPS systems
  • Design PUE = 1.5


  • Design WUE = 0.35
  • Chilled water with evaporative condensing units and chillers for air- and water-side economization with variable speed CRAHs and electrode humidification

Life safety

  • Double-interlocked pre-action dry-pipe sprinkler system


  • ​Lutron Eco-System lighting

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