BP .has a rich, proud history in Chicago that dates back more than a century, and over the years its investments have made it part of the city’s cultural fabric.
Through its heritage company Amoco, BP built what was then Chicago’s tallest skyscraper in the 1970s, and today it has downtown offices in the famous Chicago Mercantile Exchange building.
BP’s downtown offices serve as the headquarters of its North American fuels business, including its U.S. pipelines business, while also housing one of the company’s most important trading hubs. These businesses produce, transport, sell and deliver the energy that makes modern life possible.
Every day, for example, BP’s Chicago-based U.S. Pipelines and Logistics business manages more than 3,200 miles of pipelines carrying 1.1 million barrels of crude oil, natural gas liquids and refined products.
Another Chicago-based business is Air BP Americas, which provides jet fuel to airports such as O’Hare International.
About 30 miles west of downtown Chicago, BP’s campus in Naperville, Illinois, functions as the North American technology hub for its fuels and petrochemicals businesses. Scientists and engineers in Naperville test innovative ideas and share the results with BP facilities worldwide.
The campus also is home to BP’s Global Business Services Americas team, which provides the company with support on financial, customer, procurement, human resources, tax and other issues.
Meanwhile, about 17 miles southeast of downtown Chicago, in northwest Indiana, BP’s Whiting Refinery can produce enough gasoline each day to fuel the average daily travel of more than 7 million cars.
All told, the company supports nearly 18,000 jobs across the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana metropolitan area.
BP and the BP Foundation also have donated around $39 million to Chicago-area community programs since 2006 alone.
In 2015, for example, BP served as presenting sponsor of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, to which it contributed $2.5 million. The three-month exhibition featured projects designed by many of the world’s leading architects.
BP will contribute $1 million as founding sponsor of the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs from September 2017 to January 2018.
In addition, BP has donated $1.5 million to the Student Conservation Association since 2015 to support environmental programs — for college students, high schoolers and military veterans — in the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana region.
* Vendor figures for the year ended December 31, 2015. BP jobs figures as of June 30, 2017.