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Merchandise Mart, Chicago

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Shopping Mall
The Merchandise Mart (or the Merch Mart, or the Mart) is a commercial building located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. When it was opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world, with 4 million square feet (372,000 m2) of floor space. The Art Deco structure is located at the junction of the Chicago River's branches. The building is a leading retailing and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants per day as of the late 2000s.
Built by Marshall Field & Co. and later owned for over half a century by the Kennedy family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating architectural and interior design vendors and trades under a single roof. It has since become home to several other enterprises, including the Shops at the Mart, the Chicago campus of the Illinois Institute of Art, Motorola Mobility, and the Chicago tech startup center 1871.
The Merchandise Mart is so large that it had its own ZIP Code (60654) until 2008, when the Postal Service assigned the ZIP Code to part of the surrounding area. In 2010, the building opened its Design Center showrooms to the public.
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  • If you are a native Chicagoan or have ever visited the city, you probably walked past or drove past the Merchandise Mart. But have you ever spent any time inside the building? Have you ever been...  more »
  • It is a shoppers paradise. There is so many products and vendors that t would take a lot more the a day to shop. I had to put a date below. It was November 2017  more »
  • It's a must go in Chicago. Besides been a metro station, the Mart it's an incredible building with an exception architecture. It has a lot of shops and place to have breakfast, lunch or dinmer. The First floor it's full of kitchen manufacturers so if u are thinking about rebuilding your home you will definitely go there! It's also place for the offices of big corporations as Motorola.
  • I was impressed by the sheer number of shops and businesses that exist within this building. Not only are you going to find some of the top brands in interior design, but there's also plenty of other places to check out while you're there as well.

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