• Chicago CH1 Data Center

Low latency coast to coast. Customizable space. 

NTT’s Chicago Data Center Campus will have two buildings totaling 72 megawatts of scalable critical IT load. Each building will hold 36 megawatts, distributed in six vaults with 6 megawatts in each vault. With high-density vaults available, NTT’s data centers can support both single-user and colocation requirements of hyperscale cloud and enterprise customers. 

The campus is located on a 19-acre parcel of land in Itasca, Illinois, which is about 27 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Itasca is in a prime area for wholesale data centers, which includes Franklin Park and Elk Grove Village. 

Superior TCO through low-cost power and tax incentives 
Chicago data center customers benefit greatly from a superior total cost of ownership (TCO). This low TCO comes from affordable electricity rates, moderate weather that enables many days of free cooling each year, and state and local sales tax exemptions on equipment such as servers and storage racks. Our Chicago campus is powered by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), which offers rates 18 percent lower than the national average. Since 2003, ComEd has invested approximately $9 billion to expand, upgrade and maintain the reliability of the transmission and distribution systems.

Reliable connectivity with minimal latency 
Chicago delivers world-class connectivity to data center customers through an extensive fiber network, minimal risk of natural disasters, and low latency to both U.S. coasts by virtue of its Central location. NTT’s Chicago campus offers connections to multiple Tier 1 carriers, direct cross connects via dark and lit fiber to other local data centers and businesses, and secure, direct interconnections to major cloud providers and SaaS applications. 

Flexible contracts for a customizable, secure space 
NTT can tailor flexible contracts to maximize value for each customer, while deploying fit-out and migration experts to customize space down to the last detail. And with highly trained security officers using expertise and technology to guard the campus 24x7x365, NTT gives customers peace of mind that their mission-critical IT equipment is always safe. 

CH1 overview

  •  Located in Itasca, approximately a 25-minute drive from O'Hare International Airport

  • 19-acre fully fenced campus

  • Two planned data centers

  • Two stories each 

  •  36MW of critical IT load per building

  •  6 vaults with 6MW per building

  • 230,000 sq.ft. of space per building

  • 126,000 sq.ft. of data hall space per building

  •  Low-cost power with renewable energy options available

  • Diverse utility power feeds for superior redundancy

  • Industry-leading compliance and safety procedures

  • Anti-climb perimeter fence and multi-factor authentication

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CH1 specifications


  • 36 MW of critical IT load
  • Renewable energy options available 
  • Multiple utility power feeds for superior reliability N+1 distributed redundancy with 4 to make 3 design 
  • Options for dedicated infrastructure and high-density power


  • High-security gated entrance to prevent unauthorized entry
  • Multifactor identification and multi-level security zones
  • 9 layers of security to access the IT infrastructure
  • 24x7 manned security with centralized electronic access control systems


  • Carrier-neutral data center campus with three diverse fiber entrances
  • TIA-942 compliant 
  • Multiple "Meet Me" rooms 
  • Many regional, national and international Tier 1 carrier options 


  • Air cooled chillers with airside economizers and fan wall design
  • Dedicated modular chiller plant for every 6MW vault 

At a glance

At a glance

Experience in the U.S

Global Data Centers Americas operates 17 data centers across the United States with over 185,000 m2 (2 million square feet) of data center space with an additional 279,000 m2 (3 million square feet) under development. Founded in 2000 as RagingWire, we deliver large scale, build-to-suit wholesale data center solutions as well as private vaults, dedicated cages and multi-rack deployments.






Serving Chicago

Customers will appreciate our Chicago data center campus location in the Hamilton Lakes Business Park, at the intersection of the new Elgin O’Hare Expressway (I-390) and I-355. Hamilton Lakes Business Park is only 15 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and features the Westin Hotel, the Hamilton Lakes Athletic Club, a daycare center, walking paths around lakes, and various restaurants and delicatessens.

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