Chicago, IL Data Center

Why Chicago?

Aligned’s Chicago hyperscale data center campus is located in Northlake, IL, just outside of downtown. The campus covers 18.5 acres and will offer 520,000 sq. ft. of space at full build. It is strategically located at the convergence of over 12 metro, longhaul and international networks. With direct access to existing power and municipal utility resources, the campus draws redundant, critical power from two substations.

Aligned’s Chicago campus also provides convenient access to adjacent interstates and rail lines, city water pumping station, as well as O’Hare International Airport. Upon completion, the campus will offer 100+ MW of capacity to serve the needs of fast-growing hyperscale and enterprise customers in the Chicago market. 

The first data center being constructed on the campus, known as ORD-01, is a 220,000 square-foot, 48 MW facility (expandable to ~60 MW).

Chicago’s central location, long-haul connectivity and access to ample renewable energy options make it an ideal site for hyperscalers, cloud companies, and multinational enterprises to deploy their mission-critical infrastructure. Economic stability, low utility costs, and attractive tax incentives, including exemptions from sales and use tax for qualifying data centers via the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, make Chicago one of the most affordable and sought-after data center markets in the U.S. 

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Chicago, IL Data Center Specs




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(expandable to ~60 MW)


  • 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


Providers in proximity to site:


  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • Crown Castle
  • Everstream
  • G4S
  • Lumen
  • Stratus Network
  • US Signal
  • Windstream
  • Wisconsin Independent Network
  • Zayo Metro
  • Zayo Metro – Leased


  • Telia Carrier


  • Telia Carrier LH


  • 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

Corporate Sustainability

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

Fire Protection

  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system


    Power & Cooling

      • Diverse and dedicated substations: expandable to 170 MW
      • Our Delta Cube cooling technology absorbs heat at its source, supporting variable power densities and allowing scalability up to 50 kW / rack
      • Configurable to client needs (i.e., N, N+1, 2N)


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


    505 Northwest Avenue Northlake – Chicago, IL 60164

    What’s inside

    Cooling Infrastructure

    Award-winning modular heat removal system

    Power Generation and Distribution

    Engineered for resiliency and 100% uptime

    Security and Compliance

    Multi-layered data center protection


    On-site global monitoring and remote hands assistance

    Client Portal

    A real-time view of your critical infrastructure


    Ultra-efficient PUE