With its unmistakable presence on the banks of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, The Merchandise Mart is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago’s history and its role as a leading innovator in culture, art, business, fashion, media and more. 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 high design and luxury goods, 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, 11 floors of permanent showrooms for gift, home, outdoor and commercial furnishings, 15 major trade and consumer shows as well as hundreds of meetings and special events. In addition, The Mart has become one of the most sought after office locations for internet, advertising, technology, healthcare, media and educational companies.
To its showrooms partners, The Merchandise Mart provides marketing and special event management to drive the showrooms’ customers into The Mart for buying activities. To its commercial office and retail tenants, The Merchandise Mart offers a central Chicago location, proven amenities, leading-edge technology and responsive on-site management.
The Merchandise Mart became the world's largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007. LEEDstands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design and 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).