Spotlight On: The Northwest Industrial Corridor

Why the Northwest Industrial Corridor

Chicago is a food city and the Northwest Industrial Corridor, located on the Northwest side of the city is a perfect spot if you are a food manufacturer. Comprised of an increasingly competitive commercial property market with vacancy rates falling from 21.1% in 2010, to less than 3% in 2018, the available sites in Northwest Corridor provide flexible, cost-effective options for new or growing businesses, surrounded by a thriving industrial business community.

The largest employers in the area include:

  • Midway Moving
  • Freedman Seating
  • Alpha Baking
  • Zema Systems
  • Chicago Beverage Systems

Who Should Locate Here?

This location is ideal for food manufacturing and distribution companies with potential to focus on small batch, craft food manufacturing, food & beverage distribution and food R&D. In fact, food manufacturing employment has been growing rapidly at 6% rate in Chicago compared to 5% nationally. This location is less than two miles from new food incubator, The Hatchery, helping to brand this growing area as a food innovation district.

Key sites in this area provide room to grow with:

  • Over half million-square footage of existing space available.
  • Zoned PMD offering flexibility in use and design

Distribution and warehousing employment is growing nationally (3%). The rise of e-commerce and “same day delivery” expectations make this area’s close proximity to some of Chicago’s fastest growing population centers ideal for urban-style distribution centers.

Cost-Effective Relocation and Ease of Transition

  • TIF and Enterprise Zone incentives in place
  • Key sites located within a federally designated Opportunity Zone.
  • Through Chicago’s Industrial Growth Zone Program, firms also gain access to a dedicated concierge to serve as a single point of contact to expedite all permitting and governmental assistance.

Access to Transit

  • Excellent access to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green line and multiple bus routes

Highly-Skilled Workforce

  • Chicago has a robust workforce pipeline for food & beverage manufacturing and TDL
  • Chicago ranks #1 in the country in food manufacturing employment with an established workforce of 57,000 in the industry. Transportation and transit assets in NW provide premiere access to commuters across the metro area.
  • Access to the largest trucking workforce in the nation and the 2nd largest warehousing market with a combined TDL workforce of over 190,000 people in the Chicago metro.
  • Second largest manufacturing labor shed in the U.S.
  • Nearly $100 million in investment currently being deployed in higher education facilities to help produce the highly-skilled professionals needed to meet future manufacturing and TDL related workforce demand.

Top Sites

Site 1: 1830 N Kostner

  • Up to 137,000 sq.ft. of contiguous space
  • Industrial space with up to 35’ clear ceilings
  • Four miles from I-90/94
  • Centrally located in the Northwest part of the city

Site 2: 4348 W Lake St

  • 78,000 sq.ft., three-story, solid brick flex building
  • Newly renovated interior
  • 0.5 miles from both Cicero and Pulaski CTA Green Line Stations

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