According to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business, online retail giant amazon.com has leased a warehouse in Goose Island, making its expansion into both Chicago and Illinois official. The space is a nearly 52,000 square foot warehouse at 1111 N. Cherry Avenue, and those close to the deal say Seattle-based Amazon has plans to bring at least 1,000 full-time jobs to its new Chicago location before 2017.
About 6 months ago, Amazon first hinted an expansion to Illinois, and more specifically Chicago, citing the need to keep up with the rising demand for same-day and next-day deliveries. Prior to the new Goose Island warehouse, the nearest Amazon facility, for now, is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, however, Amazon is also planning an even larger distribution center for Joliet, IL, which is currently still in the works.
A number of very densely populated areas of course surround Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood, most notably Lincoln Park and Bucktown, so this could actually be the first of several “last-mile distribution centers” Amazon puts within Chicago’s city limits, which would primarily be used for rapid sorting and specific delivery to nearby homes.