Stream Data Centers (Stream), a subsidiary of Stream Realty Partners, has just opened the first phase of its newly constructed 15MW data center in Chicago.

The 127,000 square foot data center facility is sited in Elk Grove Village, which is about twenty-two miles from downtown Chicago and less than nine miles from the O’Hare International Airport. According to Stream, the Chicago market has some of the lowest power costs of any major metropolitan area, low natural disaster risk, outstanding access to major cloud providers and extensive network availability.

“Expanding into Elk Grove Village is an important move for Stream Data Centers,” said Rob Kennedy, Co-Managing Partner at Stream Data Centers.

“Chicago has long been among the most important data center hubs in the country.  Economic benefits such as low energy costs and outstanding Illinois state tax incentives help ensure the growth will continue.  Stream has been pleased with the quality of the labor force, central location, and access to key carriers and cloud providers available in Elk Grove Village.”

The carrier-neutral data center has up to 70,000 square feet of data hall space. The facility is built to provide hyperscale or private data center solutions to Stream’s current and prospective customers or tenants.

“We’ve been very pleased with the work done by our partners on this project including Clune Construction, Corgan and kW Mission Critical Engineering,” said Chris Kincaid, SVP of Design and Construction at Stream Data Centers.

“Working together, the teams overcame the additional challenges presented by the pandemic while maintaining Stream’s commitment to safety.  The end result is the on-time delivery of an outstanding data center facility.”

As mentioned earlier, Stream’s new Chicago I Data Center benefits from the Illinois sales tax incentives that were signed into law in October, 2019. These tax exemptions apply to both data center construction and the IT equipment purchased by tenants in Illinois.

In this month, Stream Data Centers is also expected to open its Phoenix I facility located in Goodyear, which has become part of the Cox Business fiber network.