Nicor Gas was established in 1885 and is known to be a direct descendent of the Ottawa Gas, Light and Coke Company. Nicor gas celebrated 52 years of service to the nation in 2006. Also know as the company that lit up the historic Lincoln-Douglas debate in Ottawa on August 21, 1858, now serves two million customers in more than 600 communities and is one of the largest natural gas distribution companies in the country, employing more than 2,200 people.
Since then Nicor has been part of the fabric of the communities in northern Illinois and the Chicago suburbs for five decades.  The corporation's largest subsidiary, Nicor Gas, was founded in 1954 as Northern Illinois Gas and today is one of the largest natural gas distribution companies in the country, serving more than two million customers in 641 communities.
With everyone wanting a piece of the natural gas pie, in the late 1800's, Municipal gas companies popped up across northern Illinois – from Rockford to Bloomington, from Chicago Heights to Dixon.  These early gas companies produced gas from coal and transported it short distances at low pressure through hollow wooden logs. The most inefficient procedure causing a lot of loss to the companies. However technology supported only that form of transportation then. Nicor Gas developed and operates a network of more than 32,000 miles of pipelines, connected to the largest underground storage facilities in the country.  This helps ensure reliable natural gas delivery to customers year round.
With a storage system among the largest in the industry, enabling them to meet roughly one-third of our annual deliveries with gas from storage. And, our Ancona storage field is the single largest storage field in the country, in acreage and storage capacity.
Nicor services offer a wide range of energy-related products and services that contribute to an affordable, comfortable and reliable home or work environment. Services include heating and air conditioning service and installation, indoor air quality solutions and protection plans for home appliances.
Nicor Gas has a success story that includes NicorÂâ€Ã¢„¢s ability to develop new technologies, new businesses and new services to meet its customers' ever increasing energy needs.