In a formerly meat-packing and warehouse district, Google is setting its sight on a potential Midwest expansion into Chicago on the Near West Side.

“Less than a year after announcing plans to expand its footprint in the Fulton Market District with a big new office, Google is once again searching for another huge swath of space that could make it one of the largest office users downtown.

Officials for the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant have been in the market in recent months talking to developers about an expansion that would roughly double its size in the trendy corridor to around 1 million square feet, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.

Sources said the company has been eyeing a series of proposed developments including 18- and 11-story office buildings planned by developer Sterling Bay at 1000 W. Carroll Ave. and 345 N. Morgan St.—both across the street from Google’s Midwest headquarters—and a 13-story office building that New York-based developer Tishman Speyer and Chicago developer Mark Goodman are planning at 320 N. Sangamon St., a block east of Google’s main Chicago office. Another project it has targeted in the neighborhood that is large enough to be in play is a 750,000-square-foot office building from Shapack Partners and Focus Development under construction at 167 N. Green St., sources said.” Read More

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