Thursday, September 27, 2018

Amazon Reportedly Visited Proposed HQ2 Lot in the South Loop in Mid-August

Some interesting news on the Amazon front for our neighborhood (via Chicago Tribune):
Amazon was back in Chicago last month to take another look at a South Loop site along the river, as the e-commerce giant narrows its search for a planned second headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs.
In mid-August, members of Amazon’s HQ2 site selection team made the return visit to Related Midwest’s 62-acre planned development, called The 78, according to sources familiar with the visit. It’s the second known visit to the site by Amazon’s real estate team, which previously toured it and four other locations during a March visit to Chicago.

It’s unclear whether Amazon has made return visits to other sites in Chicago or other cities as the Seattle-based company considers 20 locations for the huge campus it is calling HQ2. Amazon has said it will pick a winner by the end of 2018.

We've long suspected that this site was at the top of the list if (and that's still a big if) Chicago is chosen for Amazon's HQ2.

Chicago is a bit of a sleeper pick when it comes to the national prognosticators.  The Washington DC metro area is considered by most the front-runner, while cities like Austin and Boston are also repeatedly considered towards the top. 

As stated in the above blurb, Amazon is intending to pick the winner by the end of the year.  Q4 is just around the corner so maybe Chicago's corporate community will get an early holiday present.

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