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The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

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Architectural Building Shopping Mall
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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TripAdvisor
  • Chicago's strongest connection to the Kennedy family (they used to own the Merchandise Mart), the building is worth taking a peek at if you're in the area. It is massive with incredibly long and ornat...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What a big place. It adds the value to the Chicago river look. 1820 is inside it, which is famous for meeting and talks.
  • It's the Mart, what more can you say.