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Illinois Technology and Research Corridor

The Illinois Technology and Research Corridor in the Chicago metropolitan area

The Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is a region of commerce and industry located along Interstate 88 in the Chicago metropolitan area, primarily in DuPage, Kane, and DeKalb Counties. The corridor is home to the headquarters or regional centers for many Fortune 1000 companies (including many specializing in research, development, logistics, and technology), several office and industrial parks, colleges and universities, research and scientific institutions, medical centers, government centers, and abundant shopping, dining, lodging, and entertainment amenities. In addition to the I-90 Golden Corridor, the I-94 Lakeshore Corridor, and the I-55 Industrial Corridor, the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is one of the principal economic centers in suburban Chicago.


  • Cities and villages 1
  • Companies 2
  • Educational Institutions 3
  • Research Institutions 4
  • Medical centers 5
  • Government centers 6
  • Shopping centers 7
  • Points of interest 8
  • See also 9

Cities and villages

Cities and villages located partially or wholly within the scope of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor include:


The Oak Brook Terrace Tower, which contains nearly 800,000 square feet of office space and houses several companies, is the tallest building in suburban Chicago, standing at 418 feet (31 stories).
McDonald's Plaza, the headquarters of McDonald's, located in Oak Brook

Major companies with a strong presence in the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor include:

Educational Institutions

Altgeld Hall, a landmark building at DeKalb's Northern Illinois University, the second-largest institution of higher education in the state of Illinois

Research Institutions

Fermilab, located in Batavia

Medical centers

Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora
The DeKalb County Courthouse, located in Sycamore

Government centers

  • DeKalb County Government Center and Courthouse, located in Sycamore
  • DuPage County Government Center, Judicial Center, and Fairgrounds, located in Wheaton
  • Kane County Government Center and Courthouse, located in Geneva
  • Kane County Judicial Center and Fairgrounds, located in St. Charles

Shopping centers

Westfield Fox Valley, a regional enclosed shopping mall in Aurora.
  • Cantera, an open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located in Warrenville
  • Chicago Premium Outlets, an outlet mall located in Aurora
  • Geneva Commons, an upscale, open-air lifestyle center located in Geneva
  • Oakbrook Center, a regional upscale, open-air shopping mall located in Oak Brook. It is the largest open-air shopping center in the contiguous United States.
  • Town Square Wheaton, an upscale open-air shopping center located in Wheaton
  • Westfield Fox Valley, a regional enclosed shopping mall located in Aurora
  • Yorktown Center, a regional enclosed shopping mall located in Lombard

Points of interest

The Arcada Theater building in downtown St. Charles
A view of the Naperville Riverwalk area and Moser Tower in downtown Naperville

See also

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