McCormick Place – Flexibility Meets Functionality
McCormick Place makes a powerful statement in the city at the heart of America as the nation’s largest convention and trade show facility. In what was once an under utilized district, the landmark today is a tremendous contributor to the architectural and economic vitality of Chicago.
tvsdesign and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority collaborated to design and develop this master plan and its individual buildings in a way that allows the complex to function well for large events and, at the same time, can make use of separate components for simultaneous events. Overall the layout of the buildings and their exterior design respect, preserve and enhance the surrounding area while encouraging new development in areas such as the adjacent Motor Row district.
“The changes to both the hotel and McCormick Place, set for the fourth quarter of 2013 will allow us to radically reform and improve how we conduct our convention business in Chicago,” said Jim Reilly, trustee of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority. “Our present and future customers will be the biggest beneficiaries of these reforms in terms of cost‐savings and more flexibility.”