New signs welcome new employees at the just-opened Amazon delivery station in the McKinley Park neighborhood at 3523 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.

Amazon Begins Operations in McKinley Park

Published August 4, 2021

Amazon has started staffing and fulfillment work at its last-mile shipping facility at 3523 S. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood, bringing business activity to the property for the first time since 2006, when the Wrigley Co. shuttered its former factory there.

 
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“We are excited to continue our investment in the state of Illinois,” said Amazon Regional PR Manager Caitlin Polochak. Operations begin this week at Amazon’s new McKinley Park “delivery station,” she said.

 
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This class of Amazon facility specializes in preparing customer orders for last-mile shipping, Polochak said. “These are first-of-their-kind buildings.”

Net Zero Goal

Polochak said the McKinley Park delivery station fits with Amazon’s Climate Pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, which includes decarbonization strategies, reforestation and delivery fleets of fully electric vehicles.

WrigleyFactoryMcKinleyParkAshland032017The former Wrigley Co. factory at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street sits abandoned — except for street art — in this photo from March 2017. “These new facilities are in close proximity to customers, decreasing the distance drivers have to travel to deliver packages,” she said.

The McKinley Park site is one of Amazon's standard delivery stations, she said, distinct from some of its other Chicago facilities specially designed to support same-day delivery.

Help Wanted

Hundreds of new positions at the McKinley Park Amazon facility require local workers, Polochak said. “Interested candidates can go to amazon.com/apply to learn more about Amazon careers and apply,“ she said.

 
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As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the site had been undergoing demolition and rehabilitation since early 2020, with property management and marketing led by NAI Hiffman, development by Karis Industrial (a division of Karis Capital, LLC) and financing from the Stonemont Financial Group.

It is one of many recent investments in last-mile shipping facilities and logistics hubs in the Chicago area and statewide by Amazon, which spent more than $8 billion on Illinois projects and wages between 2010 and 2019.


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