BNSF Logistics Park—Chicago

Gate Entrance: Baseline Road at Walter Strawn Drive, Elwood, IL 60421 | Gate Exit: 26664 Baseline Road, Elwood, IL. 60421 | Google Map | Interstate Access: I-55, I-80 | MAFC Corridors: I-55, I-80

CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC) is a 6,500-acre logistics center spanning parts of Elwood and Joliet, IL. Two rail intermodal terminals, the BNSF Logistics Park Chicago (LPC), and Union Pacific’s Joliet Intermodal Center anchor the CenterPoint development. CIC incorporates rail, intermodal, trucking, and transload functions in close proximity to distribution and logistics companies.

BNSF’S Logistics Park Chicago is located in Elwood, IL, a suburb of Chicago. This terminal is one of four BNSF intermodal terminals in the Chicago area. The others are Cicero in Cicero, IL, Willow Springs in Hodgkins, IL, and Corwith in Chicago. LPC can be accessed by I-55, or from I-80 to IL-53.

LPC opened in August 2002. It is a 770-acre modern, COFC only, master-planned intermodal terminal. Its function is that of an inland port as West Coast containers can be consolidated and distributed throughout the region. LPC has a lift capacity of 3 million and an automobile distribution facility. Approximately 2,500 trucks enter the auto facility each day. Ninety-nine percent of the containers handled at this facility are 40-foot international containers.

LPC is located on BNSF’s Chillicothe Subdivision. LPC is also located on BNSF’s Corridors of Commerce, specifically the Great Northern and the TransCon Corridors

Intermodal Connectors

  • Arsenal Road
  • Baseline Road

Intermodal Lanes

This facility handles international traffic to/from Southern California, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Specific destinations according to BNSF include:

  • Long Beach, CA: Long Beach Pier A (LBA)
  • Long Beach, CA: LB Container Terminal (LBCT)
  • Long Beach, CA: Long Beach Pier J (LBJ)
  • Long Beach, CA: Pacific Container Terminal (LBP)
  • Long Beach, CA: Long Beach Pier T (LBT)
  • Los Angeles, CA: Global Gateway
  • Los Angeles, CA: West Basin Los Angeles, CA: Hobart (HOB)
  • Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Harbor APM Trml-Pier 400(LAP)
  • Los Angeles, CA: TICTF Yusen (LAY)
  • Los Angeles, CA: TICSEA
  • Oakland/San Francisco, CA: Oakland International Gateway (OIG)
  • Portland, OR: Lake Yard (YEO)
  • Seattle, WA: Seattle Intl Gateway (SIG)
  • Seattle, WA: T-18
  • Tacoma, WA: (TACBLAIR, TACEXP) (TACPCT) (TACSIM)

Lift Counts

Data reported by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Counts are listed by year.

  • 2012: 893,306
  • 2011: 898,999
  • 2010: 848,808
  • 2009: 707,277

Warehousing and Distribution

The following map shows the locations of traffic generators, automotive distribution, warehouses, and distribution centers in the vicinity of the BNSF Logistics Park Chicago facility. LPC has as an on-site auto mixing facility. Among the shippers using the automotive facility are: American Honda Motor Company; American Isuzu Motors; American Suzuki Motor; Ford Motor Company/UPS Logistics; Hyundai Motor America; KIA Motors America; Mitsubishi Motor Sales; Nissan North America, and Subaru of America.

Source: ESRI’s Business Analyst 2012 dataset and CenterPoint website and BNSF.

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