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Electrify Chicago

An independent tool for viewing City of Chicago building data

According to the 2022 Chicago Climate Action Plan(opens in a new tab), 69% of Chicago's emissions come from buildings, making building emissions our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity as a city to tackle climate change. At Electrify Chicago, we showcase building performance using publicly available data supplemented by community-submitted photographs and building owners.

Start by looking at Chicago's buildings with the highest greenhouse gas intensity i.e. emissions per square foot. Large, efficient, buildings can perform much better than very inefficient small buildings on this metric.

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Chicago Buildings by Greenhouse Gas Intensity

Note: Data includes large Chicago buildings with data from 2022, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Note: This data only includes buildings whose emissions are reported under the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance(opens in a new tab). According to the City “As of 2016, this list includes all commercial, institutional, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet.” This dataset is also then filtered to only buildings with reported emissions > 1,000 metric tons CO2 equivalent.

The latest year of data is from 2022, but we update the site regularly when new data is available, and some buildings may have failed to report that year, and only have older data available.

Property Name / address Primary Property Type Greenhouse Gas Intensity
(kg CO2 eq./sqft)
Total Greenhouse Emissions
(metric tons CO2 eq.)
Bernard Mitchell Hospital
5815 S Maryland Ave
Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)
27.9 kg/sqft
12,008 tons
5201 Sheridan Rd
Supermarket/Grocery Store
27.8 kg/sqft
1,533 tons
5824 S Ellis Ave
27.7 kg/sqft
3,090 tons
Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)
27.7 kg/sqft
11,410 tons
Pete's Kedgie
4700 S Kedzie Ave
Supermarket/Grocery Store
26.8 kg/sqft
#22 Highest
1,445 tons
Highest 33%
Roscoe Square/ 90034
3330 N Western Ave
Supermarket/Grocery Store
26.7 kg/sqft
1,372 tons
Anatomy and Culver
1027 East 57th Street
26.3 kg/sqft
1,764 tons
303 E Superior Street
303 E Superior Street
26.2 kg/sqft
#23 Highest
10,967 tons
Highest 2%
53100539 -- Chicago
Supermarket/Grocery Store
26.2 kg/sqft
1,886 tons
Washington Park Fieldhouse, Trades, DuSable Roundhouse
5531 South King Drive
26.2 kg/sqft
3,211 tons
Jewel at South Loop Marketplace
Supermarket/Grocery Store
26.0 kg/sqft
#24 Highest
1,858 tons
Highest 25%
CME Group Inc
333 S LaSalle St
Financial Office
26.0 kg/sqft
6,781 tons
Lurie Children's Lincoln Park Outpatient Center - Deming
467 W Deming Pl
Mixed Use Property
25.8 kg/sqft
#25 Highest
1,623 tons
Highest 29%
Jewel Osco, 03181-87th & State St
87 W 87th St
Supermarket/Grocery Store
25.2 kg/sqft
#26 Highest
1,766 tons
Highest 26%
Shop & Save Market - Archer
5829 S Archer Ave
Supermarket/Grocery Store
25.1 kg/sqft
1,688 tons
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Data Source: Chicago Energy Benchmarking Data (opens in a new tab)