The Merchandise Mart in Chicago

Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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The Merchandise Mart

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, River North 60654
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Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Floor space: 4,200,000 square feet
Timeline
  • 1984: This building started being illuminated at night again. Its original decorative lights were turned off during World War II and remained off through austerity measures taken during the 1970's energy crisis.
  • 1990: The first two floors of this building were renovated into shopping arcades.
  • November, 2007: This building became LEED certified.
  • July 1, 2008: The Merchandise Mart lost its ZIP Code exclusivity. From 1963 to 2008 only the Merchandise Mart and its neighboring Apparel Mart had the 60654 ZIP Code. In 2008 that code was expanded to incorporate all areas of 60610 south of West Chicago Avenue.
Did You Know?
  • At the time of its completion, this was the largest office building in the world. It was surpassed by the Pentagon.
Look For
  • The busts of historic Chicago merchants along the Chicago River.
Green Things
  • This building is certified LEED-EB Silver.
  • This building has a green roof.
  • Through the use of electronic sensors this building reduced its water consumption from 50 million gallons per year to 28 million.
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There are four comments.

  I have 2 of the American Indian Chief heads in my courtyard that were placed around the top of the Merchandise Mart in 1928. They are made of limestone not terra-cotta, as has been widely reported.

Karin J. Olsen Campia - Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 @ 11:10am  

  The Merchandise Mart was designed by the Chicago Architectural firm but was built by my great grandfather, whose company was John Griffiths & Co., Chicago. He employed the thousands of workers who constructed this building. It was built on caissons as the earth next to the river was basically unstable. John Griffiths also constructed the Chicago Post Office, Soldier's Field, and the Navy Pier in this time period. The construction firm gets very little notice in writing the history of these famous places.

James Shields - Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 @ 10:11pm  

  I'm probably in the minority in actively disliking this landmark building. The overall effect of the gigantic, graceless gray block rather suggests something that might have been erected in Stalin's Moscow.

Alan Follett - Monday, September 10th, 2012 @ 10:55am  

  The Good Times Building. This New Yorker always admired it from the opening of the show.

Jon York - Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 @ 11:35am