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WGN Studios 

2501 W BRADLEY PL, Chicago IL, 60618 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 173832

Building Info

Square Footage
213,533 sqft
Higher than 65% of all buildings
1.5x median
139,707 sqft
0.8x median Office
259,000 sqft
Primary Property Type
Community Area
North Center
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Emissions & Energy Information for 2022

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
46.8 kg CO2e / sqft
#7 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#2 Highest of Offices 🚨
7x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
7x median Office
6.9 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
3,068.2 metric tons CO2 eq.
Higher than 86% of all buildings
3.5x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
1.7x median Office
1,832.2 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
986.2 kBtu / sqft
#6 Highest in Chicago* 🚨
#2 Highest of Offices 🚨
7x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
7x median Office
142.6 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
414.9 kBtu / sqft
#11 Highest in Chicago* 🚩
#2 Highest of Offices 🚨
5x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
6x median Office
66.3 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
6,575,542.6 kBtu
Est. Gas Bill: $78,000 for 2022**
Higher than 55% of all buildings
1.1x median
5,818,399.6 kBtu
2.5x median Office
2,672,800.1 kBtu
Electricity Use
20,642,519.8 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $865,000 for 2022**
Higher than 91% of all buildings
5x median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
2.0x median Office
10,340,763.6 kBtu

* Note on Rankings: Rankings and medians are among included buildings, which are those who reported under the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for the year 2022, which only applies to buildings over 50,000 square feet.

** Note on Bill Estimates: Estimates for gas and electric bills are based on average electric and gas retail prices for Chicago in 2021 and are rounded. We expect large buildings would negotiate lower rates with utilities, but these estimates serve as an upper bound of cost and help understand the volume of energy a building is used by comparing it to your own energy bills! See our Chicago Gas & Electric Costs Source (opens in a new tab) for the original statistics.

Data Source: Chicago Energy Benchmarking Data (opens in a new tab)

What Should We Do About This?

Practically every building has room to improve with energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, switching to ENERGY STAR rated appliances, and more, but for any buildings with large natural gas use, we recommend one thing: electrify!

In other words, buildings should look to move all on-site uses of fossil fuels (including space heating, water heating, and cooking) to electrically powered systems like industrial grade heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and induction stoves. With Illinois' current electric supply, just using the same amount of energy from electricity, rather than natural gas (aka methane) will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is because Illinois' grid in 2020 was already 67% carbon-free (see Illinois - Power | DecarbMyState (opens in a new tab)). This has already been done across the country with a variety of buildings, large and small, like the Hotel Marcel (opens in a new tab).

You can help make this a reality by talking to building owners and letting them know that a building's emissions are important to you, and that you want to see their building become fully electric and stop emitting greenhouse gases. Particularly for buildings you have a financial stake in (like your university, work, condo building, or apartment building) your voice in concert with your fellow building users can have a huge impact.

Additional Resources

See some additional resources on improving energy efficiency and understanding this data: