MMPI is one of the largest trade show producers in the country. Our competent staff is fully capable of all aspects of trade show management.
Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.
Suite 470, The Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL 60654
Senior Vice President
Vice President of Leasing
Managing Director of Marketing
Director of Sales
Buyer Relations Manager
The Merchandise Mart
The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, The Mart spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories.
The epicenter for creative, technology and advertising companies, as well as high design and luxury goods, The Merchandise Mart is located in the heart of a city that is home to prestigious fine art institutions, world-class museums, award-winning architecture, professional entertainment venues and diverse restaurant offerings. The Mart spans two entire city blocks on the bank of the Chicago River, where the Loop meets the River North gallery district—the city’s largest concentration of public and private galleries. The historic building welcomes ten million visitors annually to 15 major shows and dozens more conferences, seminars and special events.
The Merchandise Mart anchors Chicago’s most creative neighborhood, River North and is just blocks from the famous Magnificent Mile where exclusive shops and four-star hotels bustle with activity from the Tribune tower to North Avenue Beach. Equally close is Millennium Park, Chicago’s newest architectural landmark which features celebrated public art works and boasts breathtaking views of both the lakefront and the skyline.
The Merchandise Mart welcomes 38,500 people each business day and nearly 10 million people each year. Visitors frequent The Mart’s retail shops and restaurants, LuxeHome® kitchen and bath boutiques, 8 floors of permanent showrooms for gift, home, outdoor and commercial furnishings, 15 major trade and consumer shows as well as dozens of meetings and special events. In addition, The Mart is home to 15 floors of office space for innovative technology firms, creative advertising firms, educational institutions, non-for-profits and high-quality government agencies.
The Merchandise Mart became the world's largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings and is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Mart’s amenity-rich complex offers convenience that not only serves those who work here but also those who visit here. From professional to personal, there is a full range of time-saving services to make your day at the show easier and more productive.
What's New At theMART?
As part of theMART’s constant effort to improve our tenants and guests experience we are currently pursuing fitwel® building certification and are working with tenants on WELL™ certifications within their spaces. The fitwel and WELL standards are revolutionizing the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being in the environment.
While there will be several subtle changes around the building, one significant change will be that the property will become 100% “No Smoking”, both inside and outside. Effective June 1, 2018 smoking on the exterior private property of theMART will be banned. This includes, but is not limited to, South Drive, North Drive, Orleans and Wells sidewalks. Smoking is not enforced on City of Chicago property unless otherwise posted. We ask you to advise staff that if they smoke, they must proceed to an off property location.
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc
Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI),a division of Vornado Realty Trust, is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings, as well as trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer events and conferences.
As both a property manager and trade show producer, MMPI has been North America’s market maker for the industries it serves, bringing together wholesalers, retailers and consumers for more than 65 years.
MMPI has three primary areas of focus:
MMPI specializes in ownership and management of design centers and market buildings. Our buildings; The Merchandise Mart™ in Chicago, the A&D Building and & 7W New York Building in New York are home to thousands of showrooms. Each showroom is maintained by manufacturers or distributors who reach their key target customers. As market makers, our staff attracts this key target audience to the building by producing trade shows, conventions, educational programs and special events.
Trade and Consumer Show Management
MMPI is one of the largest trade and consumer show producers in North America. Each year, we manage dozens of trade and consumer shows, conventions, conferences, educational programs and special events that bring buyers and sellers together.
We specialize in 10 key industries: office and retail; home furnishings; kitchen, bath and building products; commercial furnishings; casual furnishings and accessories; gift and home; apparel; contemporary art; international antiques; and fine crafts. As a result, we’ve developed an invaluable brain trust built on years of experience, carefully cultivated contacts and specialized knowledge, all of which work to elevate our showroom acumen, marketing communications and trade show operations in these industries.
Vornado Realty Trust, owner of MMPI and based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust with four major platforms—New York City office, Washington, D.C. office, Retail Properties and Merchandise Marts. With a portfolio of approximately 100 million square feet, Vornado is one of the largest owners and managers of real estate within the U.S. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.