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CloudHQ will construct a data center campus on the site of the former United Airlines headquarters in Mt. Prospect, IL

CloudHQ, ComEd Launch $2.5B Data Center Project in Mt. Prospect

ComEd and CloudHQ broke ground Tuesday on what will be one of the largest data centers in Illinois. Construction is now underway on a $2.5-billion, 1.5-million-square-foot hyperscale data center campus in Mt. Prospect, IL, with the project’s first phase slated for completion in 2024. An additional two buildings will be added based on demand. 

The project will repurpose the 50-acre, former United Airlines headquarters and operations center that was vacated in 2007. A new onsite substation will be constructed by ComEd to support CloudHQ operations and may eventually accommodate future needs in the area as well. 

““The demand we see for this location is already extremely encouraging,” said CloudHQ COO Keith Harney. 

Added Jack Lavin, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, “Chicagoland is now the number four destination for data centers in the entire world, representing an $8- billion industry right here in Illinois.” 


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