The Merchandise Mart
The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, The Mart spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories.
The epicenter for creative, technology and advertising companies, as well as high design and luxury goods, The Merchandise Mart is located in the heart of a city that is home to prestigious fine art institutions, world-class museums, award-winning architecture, professional entertainment venues and diverse restaurant offerings. The Mart spans two entire city blocks on the bank of the Chicago River, where the Loop meets the River North gallery district—the city’s largest concentration of public and private galleries. The historic building welcomes ten million visitors annually to 15 major shows and dozens more conferences, seminars and special events.
The Merchandise Mart anchors Chicago’s most creative neighborhood, River North and is just blocks from the famous Magnificent Mile where exclusive shops and four-star hotels bustle with activity from the Tribune tower to North Avenue Beach. Equally close is Millennium Park, Chicago’s newest architectural landmark which features celebrated public art works and boasts breathtaking views of both the lakefront and the skyline.
The Merchandise Mart welcomes 38,500 people each business day and nearly 10 million people each year. Visitors frequent The Mart’s retail shops and restaurants, LuxeHome® kitchen and bath boutiques, 8 floors of permanent showrooms for gift, home, outdoor and commercial furnishings, 15 major trade and consumer shows as well as dozens of meetings and special events. In addition, The Mart is home to 15 floors of office space for innovative technology firms, creative advertising firms, educational institutions, non-for-profits and high-quality government agencies.
The Merchandise Mart became the world's largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings and is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Mart’s amenity-rich complex offers convenience that not only serves those who work here but also those who visit here. From professional to personal, there is a full range of time-saving services to make your day at the show easier and more productive.