Just this past weekend it was announced that Chicago had won a $70 million award from the Department of Defense for a new digital research and manufacturing facility, and reports are now emerging that the high tech hub may have found its new home already. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute that will be operated by UI Labs is expected to be located on the north end of Goose Island, on space currently occupied by the Wrigley Company. According to Crain's, UI Labs is likely to take over a 384,000 square foot building that Wrigley scooped up after Republic Windows & Doors left the site in 2006. The facility at 930 West Evergreen Avenue is located near Wrigley's HQ and is currently owned and only partially occupied by Mars, the parent company of Chicago's famous chewing gum maker. Rahm and officials from UI Labs haven't confirmed anything yet, however President Obama is expected to formally announce the initiative and new tech research and manufacturing center this afternoon.
· UI Labs tech center slated for Wrigley campus on Goose Island [Crain's]
· Goose Island Becomes Chicago's Emerging High Tech Hub [Curbed Chicago]