As the 3rd largest city in the United States, Chicago has seen explosive growth in a number of industries such as finance, technology, and retail. Its central location makes it an easy-to-access city from either the east coast and the west coast. Additionally, the area provides relatively low power costs.
The Chicagoland area offers an impressive 4.3 million square feet of data center space, with a capacity of over 500 megawatts. This growth is also fueled by the already strong fiber networks. Historically, fiber easements map to railroad lines and Chicago continues to be an important rail hub for the midwest.
Chicago, while it has extreme winters, isn't usually subject to other types of natural disasters that are known for causing disruptions in service. Unlike neighboring states, Northern Illinois has relatively few tornados and due to its central location is not subject to hurricanes or earthquakes.
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