Chicago and Illinois will have plenty of competition in their efforts to land Amazon’s planned second headquarters.
According to Amazon, 238 cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories in North America decided to throw their hats in the ring.
Proposals from cities hoping to be Amazon’s second home were due Thursday. That’s about six weeks after Amazon prompted cities large and small to begin plotting ways to woo the Seattle-based company and the $5 billion investment it said it plans to make in the headquarters project.
In addition to the expected big-city candidates, Amazon’s map of the proposals indicated storm-ravaged Puerto Rico wants to be a contender. Alaska showed up as well, and if successful — and if the project delivers up to 50,000 jobs, as Amazon suggested — the influx of employees would equal nearly 7 percent of the state’s current population.
On Friday, Chicago and Illinois revealed 10 sites they are pitching Amazon, with eight in the city and two in the suburbs, but did not disclose any financial incentives included in the bid.
Those sites are:
• Lincoln Yards, a development of up to 100 acres along the Chicago River near Lincoln Park and Bucktown.
• The Downtown Gateway District, including space in Willis Tower and redevelopment of the old main post office and Union Station.
• City Center Campus, a proposed redevelopment of the Loop’s Thompson Center.
• The River District, a 37-acre development along the river and Halsted Street.
• The Burnham Lakefront, a Bronzeville development south of McCormick Place and west of Lake Michigan that includes the Michael Reese Hospital site.
• The 78, a development planned on 62 acres along the river between the South Loop and Chinatown.
• Fulton Market district properties controlled by multiple owners, combined to form a campus.
• Illinois Medical District redevelopment.
• The 145-acre McDonald's campus in Oak Brook, which will become available when the company leaves for Fulton Market.
• The former Motorola Solutions campus in Schaumburg, which has more than 260 acres available for development.
Amazon has said incentives will be a factor in its decision. New Jersey offered a $7 billion incentive package.
Amazon will “review all the proposals in the following months,” said Amazon spokesman Adam Sedo.
In the request for proposals, Amazon said it expected to announce its final site selection in 2018, but the company declined to comment further on plans to narrow the list of contenders.