The Illinois Technology and Research Corridor in the Chicago metropolitan area

The Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is a region of commerce and industry located along Interstate 88 in the Chicago metropolitan area, primarily in Cook, DuPage, Kane, and DeKalb Counties. The corridor is home to the headquarters or regional centers for many Fortune 1000 companies (including many specializing in research, development, logistics, and technology), several office and industrial parks, colleges and universities, research and scientific institutions, medical centers, government centers, and abundant shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment amenities. In addition to the I-90 Golden Corridor, the I-94 Lakeshore Corridor, and the I-55 Industrial Corridor, the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is one of the principal economic centers in suburban Chicago.


The first companies that formed the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor began locating in Naperville in the 1960s. In 1962, Northern Illinois Gas (now Nicor) moved its research and administrative facilities to Naperville in 1962, followed by Bell Laboratories (1964), and the Amoco Research Center (now BP) in 1969.[1]

In Batavia, Fermilab was established as the National Accelerator Laboratory in 1967, with its particle accelerator becoming operational in 1972.[2]

The Corridor Group was formed in 1982, with representation by over 80 high technology companies, national labs, associated industries, and colleges and universities.[3]

Cities and villages

Cities and villages located partially or wholly within the scope of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor include:


The Oak Brook Terrace Tower, which contains nearly 800,000 square feet of office space and houses several companies, is the tallest building in suburban Chicago, standing at 418 feet (31 stories).

Major companies with a strong presence in the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor include:

Higher education institutions

Altgeld Hall, a landmark building at DeKalb's Northern Illinois University, the second-largest institution of higher education in the state of Illinois

Research institutions

Fermilab, Batavia

Medical centers

Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora
The DeKalb County Courthouse, in Sycamore

Government centers

Shopping centers

Westfield Fox Valley, a regional enclosed shopping mall in Aurora.

Points of interest

The Arcada Theater building in downtown St. Charles
A view of the Naperville Riverwalk area and Moser Tower in downtown Naperville

See also


  1. ^ "Collection124ResearchAndDevelopmentCorridor". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  2. ^ "Fermilab". Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  3. ^ "Collection124ResearchAndDevelopmentCorridor". Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  4. ^ "Our Agencies | IPG". IPG. Interpublic Group. Retrieved 8 December 2018.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Exelon Nuclear extends lease for HQ at Cantera". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2018-04-14.

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