BP has a rich, proud history in Chicago dating back more than a century. Over the years, its investments have made the company 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.
Chicago also is home to the U.S. headquarters of Air BP, one of the world’s leading suppliers of aviation fuel products and services. Active in more than 50 countries, Air BP serves everyone from commercial carriers and private aircraft owners to the U.S. military.
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.
Meanwhile, about 17 miles southeast of downtown Chicago, in northwest Indiana, BP’s Whiting Refinery produces around 10 million gallons of gasoline, 4 million gallons of diesel and 2 million gallons of jet fuel each day, along with roughly 7 percent of all asphalt in the United States.
Whiting is the largest refinery in the Midwest — and BP’s largest refinery in the world — making enormous contributions to the region’s transportation network.
BP has donated more than $25 million since 2010 to a wide range of institutions and initiatives that help strengthen Chicago communities. As just one example, since 2015, BP has contributed $4.5 million toward the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America. In addition to serving as the 2019 event’s founding sponsor, BP launched the third BP Student Ideas Competition, empowering Chicago and northwest Indiana youth to creatively reimagine their civic institutions as places for learning and connecting.
Through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association, BP has helped improve conditions at Chicago’s Calumet Watershed and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, empower women in conservation, and support local youths to gain valuable skills and experience.