Activity in and around McCormick Place is buzzing, and major
developments are on the horizon.
New Entertainment District
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA)
announced plans for the McCormick Place Entertainment District in May 2013. The
plan includes many different developments that will take place over the course
of the next couple years.
Events Center: A 10,000-seat arena, designed by
Pelli Clarke Pelli, will host general sessions for large conventions and trade
shows, as well as DePaul University basketball games. It will also serve as a
venue for concerts and other special events. The arena is scheduled to be
completed in the fall of 2016.
Marriott Marquis hotel: The new 1,200-room
headquarters hotel will be located next to McCormick Place. It will provide
facilities and amenities to serve groups holding shows at the convention
center. It will be connected to the West Building by a sky bridge, and the
entrance will be on South Michigan Avenue in the historic Motor Row District.
Mid-market boutique hotel: The plan also calls
for a smaller, 500-room hotel that will be developed adjacent to the events
center. This will boost the total number of new guest rooms in the area to
Dining and entertainment: The district will
welcome modern restaurants and retail shops to be woven in with the historic
character of the old neighborhood. These will serve as entertainment for
convention-goers and event attendees, as well as residents in the South Loop
Improved Access to Public Transportation
A brand new Green Line ‘L' station that will soon serve the
new entertainment district and McCormick Place, as well as residents of the
South Loop. The station will be located
near the intersection of Cermak and State, and will have three entrances, bike
racks, elevators and direct access to the arena and convention center.
Construction has already started and is scheduled for completetion in late 2014.
Continuing the Green Movement
In 2013, McCormick Place planted a new rooftop garden to
provide fresh produce for the convention center's caterers. Currently, the garden
spans half an acre, but there are plans to expand it to the full three acres
the roof covers.