"Merchandise Mart" Merchandise Mart Tip by grkboiler

Merchandise Mart, Chicago: 7 reviews and 7 photos

  Merchandise Mart
by grkboiler

The massive building sitting along the Chicago River is the Merchandise Mart. The 25 floors don't tell just how big the building is. Upon completion in 1931, it was the largest building in the world at 4 million square feet.

The building was originally built to be the wholesale facility for Marshall Field & Co. It is used for retail trade shows and showrooms (home, kitchen, bath, gifts, furnishings, and more) and offices, and holds the Chicago Retail Hall of Fame. There are also plenty of stores and restaurants inside.

One interesting story is that the Sultan of Brunei spent $1.6 million at the Merchandise Mart to furnish his palace. He claimed it was the only place in the world with the resources to do the job in 1 week.

Tours are available to the public every Friday at 1pm. They last 90 minutes and feature the showrooms and a brief history of the building. Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. Scheduled group tours are also available.

Check the website for more info.

Address: 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Directions: Just north of the river at Wells St.
Phone: (312) 527.7762
Website: http://www.merchandisemart.com/mmart/

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  • Written May 6, 2005
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