14 Facts About Merchandise Mart


Merchandise Mart is a commercial building located in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

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Merchandise Mart is so large that it had its own ZIP Code until 2008, when the Postal Service assigned the ZIP Code to part of the surrounding area.

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Merchandise Mart was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White to be a "city within a city".

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Lobby of The Merchandise Mart is defined by eight square marble piers, with storefronts in side aisles framed in embossed bronze trim.

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Merchandise Mart is not rectangular in shape, having been constructed after the bascule bridges over the Chicago River were completed.

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Under Chris Kennedy's leadership of the Merchandise Mart, it was the largest building in the world to be awarded LEED Certification in 2007 from the United States Green Building Council .

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In 1990, the Merchandise Mart Center began using Green Seal-approved green cleaning products and the next year implemented a recycling program, which today includes all forms of paper products, glass, light bulbs, batteries, aluminum and construction materials.

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In 1996, the Merchandise Mart Center became one of the first major property owners in downtown Chicago to enter into an agreement with the district cooling system now known as Thermal Chicago, thus contributing to the national effort to reduce the discharge of ozone-damaging CFCs.

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Merchandise Mart has nine LEED-certified showrooms, with five others on their way to LEED certification.

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The Merchandise Mart continued to display the latest trends in home furnishings within the showrooms and trade shows.

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Merchandise Mart recovered late in the decade, but did not return to all previously occupied space.

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Retail shopping area, named The Shops at the Merchandise Mart, opened in 1991 and includes apparel shops, beauty services, bookstores and newsstands, financial services, telecommunication services, travel services, specialty food and wine stores, photo services, a dry cleaner, shoe shine stand, and a food court.

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Since 1969, the Merchandise Mart has been home to the annual National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, known as NeoCon.

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Merchandise Mart housed the CTA's headquarters on the 7th floor from 1947 to 2004.

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