Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Sightseeing  /  The Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

(3.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
The Merchandise Mart is a commercial building located in the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. When it opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world, with 4000000sqft of floor space. The art deco landmark is located at the junction of the Chicago River's branches. The building is a leading retailing and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants per day as of the late 2000s.Built by Marshall Field & Co. and later owned for over half a century by the Kennedy family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating architectural and interior design vendors and trades under a single roof. It has since become home to several other enterprises, including the Shops at the Mart, the Chicago campus of the Illinois Institute of Art, Motorola Mobility, and the Chicago tech startup center 1871.The Merchandise Mart is so large that it had its own ZIP code until 2008, when the Postal Service assigned it to part of the surrounding area. In 2010, the building opened its Design Center showrooms to the public for the first time.
A visit to The Merchandise Mart represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Chicago itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
Source
Create a full Chicago itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Chicago by other users

3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A successful transfer to a more public place, a mix of offices and a food court.Maybe not wort a trip in itself  more »
  • The building is gorgeous. The stairs up to the second floor are unique, stadium style for sitting and walking feels expansive and modern in the middle of all that marble! It's a nice place for a quick...  more »
  • We only came by to pick up an item from my husband's company's space. It is an amazing building with a lot of things to see from retailers. Didn't have a lot time to look around but seems like a place...  more »
Google
  • I've been to Chicago many times, but I'd never been here. I'm very glad that my wife and I found it. It is historic, interesting, still functional, etc... The designs from the showrooms are outrageously expensive (the "sale" refrigerator was $8,000 at one of the locations), but they are good for getting ideas and seeing the latest and greatest. Very interesting place.
  • Stop in and take a look around. Even if you can't afford to buy anything, it's still worth checking out.
  • It's the Mart, what more can you say.
  • Nice place