Since 1972, IMTS has been hosted at McCormick Place. And through the years, both IMTS and McCormick Place have grown exponentially! Today, with a total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space in the four building, McCormick Place is the ideal venue for large trade shows. As a matter of fact, it is the nation’s largest convention center.
Over the past few years, McCormick has begun the process of transforming its campus to be more flexible and to provide more choices to its customers. Here’s a short video created by McCormick Place last fall outlining all of the exciting changes they are embarking on.
The newest additions planned for McCormick Place include a 10,000 seat Event Center ideal for general sessions, sporting events and concerts and a new 1,200 room Marriott Marquis Headquarter Hotel.
The projected ground breaking for these projects is tentative for early 2015 with completion in early 2017. With these new improvements, the surrounding area is poised to attract new entertainment options with the addition of new restaurants and nightlife expected to become a draw for visitors staying in the area. In addition, construction of an EL line stop at Cermak Road and State Street is currently underway. Located just three blocks from the McCormick Place campus, the new Green Line stop will improve rail connections to downtown and the airports and is expected to come online in 2015.
McCormick knows visitors rely on technology, so they upgraded their Wi-Fi so that now more users can connect at once.The interior of the Lakeside Center is currently being renovated and will feature upgraded restrooms for IMTS 2014 and will soon be getting new, modern looking carpets and wall colors.
In addition to all the other delicious food options provided by Savor Chicago, McCormick Place added a new food outlet, the 23rd Street Café, which has a self-checkout so that guests can quickly pick what they want and get back to the show floor. The 23rd Street Café (The Grand Concourse sits on top of what was once 23rd Street) is located on Level 3 between the Grand Concourse and Hall B. A new bridge was constructed to allow access directly from the concourse.
Attention, coffee lovers! McCormick Place has added a brand new Starbucks on Level 3 near Hall B and renovated the existing location on Level 2.5. They have also added a closed-circuit video monitor that allows guests standing in line to see if there is a shorter line at the other nearby location.
The impressive rooftop garden provides herbs, fruits and vegetables so the chefs can serve fresh and locally grown foods. And this isn’t the only sustainable change they made; McCormick Place is now powered by 100% wind power.
To see more about all of their green initiatives, you can check out our blog post on IMTS sustainability. We can’t wait to get to McCormick Place and see all the fantastic new changes! See you there!
All images courtesy of McCormick Place.