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Wintrust Arena, Chicago

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Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square, previously referred to as DePaul Arena or McCormick Place Events Center, is a 10,387-seat sports venue in Chicago's Near South Side community area that opened in 2017. It is the current home court for the men's and women's basketball teams of DePaul University and serves as an events center for McCormick Place. It also is the home of the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
The arena was announced in May 2013, with construction planned to begin in 2014, and use expected to begin with the 2016–17 season. The start of construction was delayed to November 2015, with completion delayed until the 2017–18 season. Although DePaul had been seeking a new home arena — it used Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont starting 1980 — it rejected a November 2012 ten-year offer to play rent free at the United Center. Instead, DePaul planned to use Allstate Arena on a recurring one-year basis until it had a new home. On November 16, 2016, DePaul and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA or "McPier") announced that the new event center at McCormick Square would be called Wintrust Arena. The announcement came after the signing of a letter of intent that contemplated a definitive 15-year sponsorship agreement between DePaul and Wintrust.
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  • Saw the DePaul-Texas Tech basketball game. First visit here. It was a good size arena for seeing a basketball game, not too big. Easy to get in and park, a short wait to get out.  more »
  • Great venue, easy to get to, very friendly staff. Normally when I have to go to Chicago, I cringe knowing I have to drive thru town. This was a nice surprise. It was easy to get to, easy to navigate the area, and had hotels right nearby.
  • The building and seating are excellent for a concert, but the staff leaves a great deal to be desired. It took over an hour to get inside when getting in line once the doors opened (90 minutes prior to showtime) and for most of the time the line did not move at all. Then, when doing bag checks, they announced that NO cameras would be allowed even though they had sent out an FAQ email in advance stating that photos and video were allowed, but now SLR cameras, which they specifically defined as cameras with the potential to take a detachable lens. Then the security supervisor had the audacity to say, "I didn't send you an email," as I'm showing her the email.

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