Chicago Shopping: theMART – Iconic Merchandise Mart

Explore theMART: Chicago’s Merchandise Mart

Three blocks away from our hotel you’ll find one of the most iconic buildings in the city: Merchandise Mart. Better known today as simply “theMART,” this art deco landmark was the largest building in the world when it opened in 1930. Spread across two entire city blocks and 25 stories high, Merchandise Mart has been a retail and wholesale epicenter for almost a century.

What Will I Find at Merchandise Mart?

Ever since it was built by Marshall Field & Co., Merchandise Mart has been Chicago’s biggest destination for the city’s architecture, design, and décor industry. Today the building still houses numerous manufacturers’ showrooms, although there are also tech firms, advertising firms, and educational institutions like the Illinois Institute of Art. But for visitors to the city, the biggest attraction are the dazzling showrooms. Feast your eyes on incredible modern designs and décor ideas, including:

  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Art & Antiques
  • Kitchen & Bath Products
  • Outdoor Living
  • Tile & Stone
  • Lighting
  • Textiles
  • Appliances
  • Apparel & Accessories
  • … plus much more!

Stay at Our River North Hotel & Walk to Merchandise Mart

Location is everything. We’re centrally situated downtown, moments away from Merchandise Mart and other Chicago shopping hotspots like Magnificent Mile. Stay in a stylish room or suite and enjoy the best of the city. Make your booking today!


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