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The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
(3.8/5 based on 90+ 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 with 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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  • Definitely worth a stroll along Chicago with draw bridges to this majestic building. Very beautiful place. The building is impressive in its size: until recently, it was the largest office building in the world. We even went inside and swept by lift.
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  • It would days or even weeks to fully explore all the shops and showrooms in this location. I am remodeling a bathroom and wanted to sit in various spa tubs so I started there but quickly moved on to l...  more »
  • The world's largest office building for a long time, we did a very nice cooking class here with our niece for her high school graduation....she loved it. We spent a few minutes shopping the stores too...  more »
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  • What a big place. It adds the value to the Chicago river look. 1820 is inside it, which is famous for meeting and talks.
  • I had a food delivery for some people inside the building and the parking guard wouldn't let me park my scooter in the loading zone he said the it's full and then he told me he is going to call the cops if I don't leave immediately.
  • huge building, great location