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The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

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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.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We stumbled upon this as we were out walking and decided to take a short cut through the building. There was a trade show in progress, so lots of people in fancy clothes. It was an interesting 4 minut...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Beautiful building. Very clean. Came here for the bridal market. Enjoyed this place. Would come back. Very convenient location to restaurants and hotels.  more »
  • September 7, 2017
    We have always heard of the Merchandise Mart because of its sheer size-4 million square feet of floor space. It was the largest building in the world when it opened in 1930. It is filled with shops an...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    I work there. Not a lot of "Oh I just love this place!" But a nice building with good staff
  • July 8, 2017
    It's such a cool fun place to visit and look around at all the beautiful designer things
  • June 27, 2017
    This is the largest most crowded mall around. Traffic is horrible. Will not go here after 10 AM because of all the people.
  • July 10, 2017
    Has its own zip code..so big
  • June 30, 2017
    Tons of things to do here. Restaurants and plenty of businesses.

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