Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center district is burgeoning, thanks to exciting new developments within The Collection at McCormick Square that include hotels and an arena that have been eagerly anticipated by meeting and event planners looking to expand their options in Chicago. Read on to learn about The Collection at McCormick Square and the surrounding McCormick Square neighborhood that is booming with new dining and nightlife options.
The Collection at McCormick Square is an inter-connected complex that includes the McCormick Place convention center, the new 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena (opening in fall 2017), the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the upcoming Marriott Marquis Chicago, all connected via enclosed sky bridges. In late 2018 the first-ever, tri-branded Hilton, which will combine a Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites, will join the complex and connect via sky bridge to McCormick Place.
As the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place offers a staggering 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. It’s made up of four state-of-the-art buildings: the West, South and North Buildings, and Lakeside Center. The entire McCormick Place campus is connected by dramatic pedestrian promenades and sky bridges, and offers visitor amenities that include dining and service shops. The LEED Gold-certified McCormick Place is powered by wind energy, and features one of the largest working rooftop gardens in the U.S.
Opening in September 2017, this new 10,000-seat arena will feature 22 suites and 479 club seats, serving as a general session hall for large business meetings and conventions, as well as a venue for concerts, sporting events and other major special events. Wintrust Arena will also serve as home to the DePaul University men’s and women’s Blue Demons basketball teams.
The on-site Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel with 1,258 guest rooms, has undergone a major expansion and renovation, providing a new guest room, meeting space and public areas experience. Four brand-new food and beverage concepts inspired by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition opened in late spring 2017, and include Third Star, a restaurant named for the third star on the Chicago city flag; the modern Arc Bar with lounge seating; Sixes & Eights Asian quick-service dining; and The Market, offering coffee drinks.
Across the street from McCormick Place, the first Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel is set to open in August 2017. The 40-story, 1,205-room hotel will include more than 90,000 square feet of meeting space, two 25,000-square-foot ballrooms, a marketplace food court and a restaurant. Two pedestrian sky bridges will link the Marriott Marquis to McCormick Place West.
Chicago’s newest happening neighborhood, McCormick Square — situated between the South Loop, Chinatown, the Prairie Avenue Historic District and Bronzeville — attracts tourists, McCormick Place convention-goers and Chicagoans alike.
The area’s booming dining and nightlife scene includes craft brewers Baderbräu, Motor Row Brewing, Vice District Brewing Co. and Moody Tongue Brewing. Nearby dining spans comfort food and live music at Reggies, Chicago-style pies at Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, barbecue and whiskey-based sauces at Rylon’s Smokehouse, and modern steakhouse selections at the newly reopened Chicago Firehouse Restaurant.