The world’s largest
interconnected district cooling system
Chicago Corporation owns and operates the world's largest interconnected
district cooling system, serving about 100 buildings in the downtown Chicago
area for a contracted capacity of approximately 100,000 tons. Thermal has
excess capacity currently available for sale on a first-come first-served
Diagram of Thermal Chicago’s downtown
Dark blue circles designate the five plants currently in operation
product offered by Thermal Chicago is chilled water. This water is purchased
by its various downtown Chicago customers and is used for air-conditioning in
large condominium, commercial and industrial facilities such as:
• Class A, B and C ofﬁce buildings
• Condominium and apartment buildings
• Financial institutions
• Data centers
• Retail centers
Thermal Chicago’s emergence into the Chicago market, customers provided for
their own cooling requirements utilizing building-owned chilling equipment
(self-cooling). As a result of Thermal Chicago’s proven reliability, the high
capital costs associated with new or replacement self-cooling systems, rising
energy and maintenance expenses, potential energy efﬁciencies due to
low temperature chilled water supply and the costs associated with more
stringent environmental regulation, customers have increasingly turned to
Thermal Chicago’s district cooling as an alternative for both new and
replacement air-conditioning systems.
Chicago also owns and operates stand-alone heating and cooling facilities at
a major metropolitan airport and at a major Las Vegas casino complex. Thermal
Chicago is also prepared to expand its operations in this area as well.
Thermal Chicago Corporation utilizes proven and reliable, environmentally
friendly cooling technology with built-in diversity of electric supply and
plant design. A state-of-the-art control and monitoring system is used to
monitor conditions throughout the system and at each customer site
continuously. Early warning systems are built in to Thermal Chicago’s
monitoring and operational systems allowing prompt, proactive response to
customer and system issues should they arise.
To serve the downtown Chicago area, Thermal Chicago has an agreement with the
City of Chicago granting speciﬁc rights-of-way in the streets and
public ways throughout the downtown area, as well as under and through
various other structures.
Macquarie Infrastructure Company
The majority owner of Thermal Chicago Corporation is a subsidiary of
Macquarie Infrastructure Company.
Macquarie Infrastructure Company is a publicly listed US company traded on
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIC). The Company owns, operates and invests
in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses, including Thermal
Chicago Corporation. Thermal Chicago beneﬁts from the expertise of the
Macquarie group, a recognized global leader in the ﬁnancing and
management of infrastructure businesses.
For more information on Macquarie Infrastructure Company, please refer to the
Company’s website www.macquarie.com/mic.