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Published: 2011/02/20
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Published: 2012/03/27
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Chicago Fire Dept. McCormick Place 5-11 Alarm 1-16-1967 (AUDIO ONLY)
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Chicago - McCormick Place Footage
Published: 2010/08/12
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McCormick Place 50th Anniversary
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Published: 2012/02/24
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago
Published: 2013/08/09
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2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe at the McCormick Place
Published: 2016/02/19
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American Idol Auditions at McCormick Place 2
Published: 2017/09/11
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Set-up in North Hall, McCormick Place, PROCESS EXPO 2013
Published: 2014/05/01
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Hyatt McCormick and McCormick Place Relationship
Published: 2014/05/21
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Midnight bus - driving into mccormick place
Published: 2014/10/01
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Room Tour
Published: 2015/02/18
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McCormick Place Hotel transport
Published: 2009/12/12
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Published: 2016/04/01
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2014 Chicago Marathon EXPO at McCormick Place 10/11/14
Published: 2014/10/11
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Hotel - Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Published: 2011/06/08
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Automate 2017 At McCormick Place in Chicago
Published: 2017/04/06
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McCormick Place Hyatt Shooting
Published: 2016/01/23
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CPR Kiosk at McCormick Place Convention Center
Published: 2017/01/17
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Chicago Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place Room 880
Published: 2016/07/29
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Chicago McCormick Place Fire 1967 - Incendio edificio McCormick Place Chicago
Published: 2016/08/25
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Tour - Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Suite
Published: 2015/02/15
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Finding your way at McCormick Place West
Finding your way at McCormick Place West
Published: 2010/02/22
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Published: 2013/06/27
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election night mccormick place
Published: 2012/11/07
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Organized Harassment in Chicago Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Published: 2016/12/11
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - West Building
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - West Building
Published: 2014/05/21
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Part of the old McCormick place
Published: 2017/03/01
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Luis Zavala #34 Volleyball Highlights McCormick Place 2017
Published: 2017/01/17
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Pete Alessandri Jr. McCormick Place Volleyball Highlights 2017
Published: 2017/01/30
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2016 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW (MCCORMICK PLACE)
Published: 2016/02/16
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S100 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Ballroom
S100 Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Ballroom
Published: 2014/05/21
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EasyLIFTPro McCormick Place, Chicago
Published: 2016/08/31
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Big Changes Coming to Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Published: 2014/05/21
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Video Turístico de Chicago: McCormick Place
Video Turístico de Chicago: McCormick Place
Published: 2012/07/27
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Video Turístico de Chicago: McCormick Place
Video Turístico de Chicago: McCormick Place
Published: 2012/07/24
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Protesters and Police Clash at Chicago
Protesters and Police Clash at Chicago's McCormick Place - Front Row, FULL HD
Published: 2012/05/20
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[VLOG] Part 3 America
[VLOG] Part 3 America's Beauty Show in Chicago at the McCormick Place
Published: 2016/03/23
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IMTSTV McCormick Place Construction Update
IMTSTV McCormick Place Construction Update
Published: 2015/11/18
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Metra Arrives McCormick Place
Published: 2010/03/04
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McCormick Place Underground Parking For Some Larger Vehicles.
McCormick Place Underground Parking For Some Larger Vehicles.
Published: 2014/02/13
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Named Top Workplace in Chicago
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Named Top Workplace in Chicago
Published: 2012/07/21
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Chicago Part 3 Metra McCormick Place
Published: 2009/11/07
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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place: Renovation
Published: 2014/01/23
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McCormick Place
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Address 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Location Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°51′07″N 87°36′58″W / 41.85194°N 87.61611°W / 41.85194; -87.61611Coordinates: 41°51′07″N 87°36′58″W / 41.85194°N 87.61611°W / 41.85194; -87.61611
Owner McPier
Built 1958
Opened November 1960
Expanded 1986
1997
2007
2017
Construction cost
$2 billion
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor 2,670,000 sq ft (248,000 m2)
Parking 3 lots, 5800 total spaces[1]
Public transit access Metra, CTA
Website
mccormickplace.com

McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America.[2] It consists of four interconnected buildings sited on and near the shore of Lake Michigan, about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. McCormick Place hosts numerous trade shows and meetings. The largest regular events are the Chicago Auto Show each February, the International Home and Housewares Show each March and the National Restaurant Association Annual Show each May.

History[edit]

As early as 1927, Robert R. McCormick, a prominent member of the McCormick family of McCormick Reaper fame, and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, championed a purpose-built lakeside convention center for Chicago. In 1958, ground was broken for a $35 million facility that opened in November 1960, and was named after McCormick, who died in 1955. The lead architect was Alfred Shaw, one of the architects of the Merchandise Mart.[3] This building included the Arie Crown Theater, designed by Edward Durell Stone.[4] It seated nearly 5,000 people and was the second largest theater (by seating capacity) in Chicago.

Lakeside Center looking south from Lake Shore Drive and 18th Street in 2007

The 1960 exposition hall was destroyed in a spectacular fire on January 16, 1967,[5] despite being thought fireproof by virtue of its steel and concrete construction. At the time of the fire, the building contained highly combustible exhibits, several hydrants were shut off, and there were no sprinklers on the main floor where the fire started. Thus the fire spread quickly and destructively, taking the life of a security guard.[6] The fire was investigated by a team led by Rolf H. Jensen, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who later went on to found RJA Group. Many lessons were learned and the city's building code was amended so a similar situation would not be repeated. Although many wanted to rebuild the hall on a different site, Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley elected to rebuild on the foundations of the burned building. The new design of dark steel and glass, by Gene Summers of C. F. Murphy and Associates (and formerly of Mies van der Rohe's office) contrasted markedly with the white look of the structure that had burned down. On January 3, 1971, the replacement building, later called the East Building and now called the Lakeside Center, opened with a 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) main exhibition hall. The Arie Crown Theatre sustained only minor damage in the 1967 fire, and so was incorporated into the interior of the new building. The theater, with the largest seating capacity of any active theater in Chicago (the Uptown Theatre having more seating, but currently closed), underwent major modifications in 1997 which improved its acoustics.

Additions[edit]

McCormick Square flanked by the West Building (left) and Hyatt Regency Hotel
Grand concourse looking west

The North Building, located west of Lake Shore Drive and completed in 1986, is connected to the East Building by an enclosed pedestrian bridge. In contrast to the dark, flat profile of the East Building, the North Building is white (as the original building was), with twelve concrete pylons on the roof which support the roof using 72 cables. The HVAC system for the building is incorporated into the pylons and give the building the appearance of a rigged sailing ship. The North Building has roughly 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) of main exhibition space.

The South Building, dedicated in 1997 and designed by tvsdesign, contains more than 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) of exhibition space. It more than doubled the space in the complex and made McCormick Place the largest convention center in the nation.

On August 2, 2007, McCormick Place officials opened yet another addition to the complex, the West Building, also designed by tvsdesign and costing $882 million and completed 8 months ahead of schedule. The publicly financed West Building contains 470,000 square feet (44,000 m2) of exhibit space, bringing McCormick Place's total existing exhibition space to 2,670,000 square feet (248,000 m2). The West Building also has 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of meeting space, including 61 meeting rooms, as well as a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) ballroom, the size of a football field and one of the largest ballrooms in the world.

Archival materials are held by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago. The McCormick Place on the Lake 1971 Collection includes photographs, drawings and project files documenting its construction.

South of the center is McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, created in 2003.[7] The northern end includes a recreated prairie, covering the roof of the center's underground carpark, and so requiring the use of shallow-rooted plants.[7]

Public transit[edit]

The Metra Electric Line stops at a station in the basement of McCormick Place. The South Shore Line also stops at the same station on weekends. The Chicago Transit Authority serves the facility with its Cermak–McCormick Place station on the Green Line, approximately 1/2 mile west, and two bus routes.[8]

Busway[edit]

The McCormick Place Busway runs 2.5 miles from Lower Randolph between Michigan and Columbus in downtown Chicago to the convention center.[9][10][11] It uses the lower levels of the multilevel streets near downtown, and surfaces to follow the Metra Electric District right-of-way to outside the South Building of McCormick Place. Opened in 2002 at a cost of $43 million, it is meant to provide a fast way for visitors to move between northerly hotels and the convention center, but is also used by buses to Soldier Field, public safety workers, Metra, convention contractors, Art Institute deliveries, and occasionally government officials.[10][12] It also known as the "Mayor's Road", the "Bat Cave", the "Magic Road"[10] and a "secret road".[11] Road use is administered by the Chicago OEMC Office of Emergency Management and Communications, and regular users are granted access cards.[12] The convention center advertises the road as a benefit to potential customers.[10][12]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McCormick Place - Getting Here". Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Convention Center Directory
  3. ^ Cowan, David, 2001. Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes that Shaped a City. Lake Claremont Press: p. 102.
  4. ^ E. D. Stone entry at archiplanet.
  5. ^ "The night McCormick Place burned". Chicago Tribune. 5 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Cowan (2001), chpt. 12.
  7. ^ a b "Bird Sanctuaries – Things to See & Do". Choose Chicago. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Staff writer. "Metra, CTA Bus and L Routes Near McCormick Place" (PDF). Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  9. ^ PDF map
  10. ^ a b c d 'Bat Cave' Road In Chicago Accessible To Only A Few
  11. ^ a b http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mccormick-place-busway-chicago?select=53dXV2NmNHw7T7jnUH7jLw#rYgDNas_oAKBnzROAe0uDw
  12. ^ a b c "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times. 

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