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3201 N ASHLAND AVE, Chicago IL, 60657 Find on Google Maps (opens in a new tab)

Chicago Building ID: 254977

Building Info

Square Footage
82,147 sqft
Lower than 74% of all buildings
0.6x median
139,707 sqft
1.2x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
70,526 sqft
Primary Property Type
Supermarket/Grocery Store
Community Area
Lake View
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Emissions & Energy Information for 2022

Greenhouse Gas Intensity
32.8 kg CO2e / sqft
#13 Highest in Chicago* 🚩
#3 Highest of Supermarket/Grocery Stores 🚨
5x median
6.4 kg CO2e / sqft
1.5x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
21.7 kg CO2e / sqft
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
2,692.2 metric tons CO2 eq.
#3 Highest of Supermarket/Grocery Stores 🚨
Higher than 84% of all buildings
3.0x median
885.8 metric tons CO2 eq.
1.7x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
1,590.3 metric tons CO2 eq.
Source Energy Usage Intensity
689.6 kBtu / sqft
#13 Highest in Chicago* 🚩
#3 Highest of Supermarket/Grocery Stores 🚨
5x median
132.2 kBtu / sqft
1.5x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
455 kBtu / sqft
Site Energy Usage Intensity
302.1 kBtu / sqft
#25 Highest in Chicago* 🚩
3.9x median
78.4 kBtu / sqft
1.4x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
210.7 kBtu / sqft
Natural Gas Use
7,335,000 kBtu
Est. Gas Bill: $87,000 for 2022**
Higher than 59% of all buildings
1.3x median
5,818,399.6 kBtu
1.0x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
7,393,209.8 kBtu
Electricity Use
17,481,787.3 kBtu
Est. Electric Bill: $733,000 for 2022**
#3 Highest of Supermarket/Grocery Stores 🚨
Higher than 89% of all buildings
4.6x median
3,796,376.7 kBtu
1.9x median Supermarket/Grocery Store
9,168,185.2 kBtu

Historical Data

Year Floor Area sqft Chicago Energy
Energy Star
GHG Intensity kg CO2e / sqft GHG Emissions metric tons CO2e Source EUI kBtu / sqft Electricity Use kBtu Natural Gas Use kBtu
2017 82,147 - 81 31.42,582.9549.011,567,0528,364,060
2018 82,147 4.0 49 32.32,649.6561.712,754,9639,933,360
2020 112,099 2.5 54 28.92,376528.912,359,6548,415,739
2021 112,099 2.5 54 27.02,216.1529.712,653,5217,696,981
2022 82,147 1.5 37 32.82,692.2689.617,481,7877,335,000

* 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: