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Merchandise Mart

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Address: 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107, Chicago, IL
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+1 312-644-6360
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 15:00

The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are...

The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are essentially a mall, and the rest is business offices.

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Massive office building

The building takes up a whole city block and really sticks out, so you can't miss it, but it's almost all office space with some retail on the lower level. The brown line EL has a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

The building takes up a whole city block and really sticks out, so you can't miss it, but it's almost all office space with some retail on the lower level. The brown line EL has a stop right at this building

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Vaughan, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Even if you have no reason to go in, it's a remarkable building to see. Make a point of it. How many times do you get to lay eyes on a hundred-year-old building that takes an entire city block, was the largest commercial building in the world when constructed, is still in the top 20 globally for size, and is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is a must every year. Over 600 booths to shop - most are original artists. A great way to spend a day - grab lunch and have a great shopping experience.

1 Thank Michael b
Morton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Such an amazing way to learn about remodeling or building. EVERYTHING is there, including a great place for lunch. Went to the Sub Zero Wolfe and the Meile showrooms. WOW! great experiences

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

It would days or even weeks to fully explore all the shops and showrooms in this location. I am remodeling a bathroom and wanted to sit in various spa tubs so I started there but quickly moved on to light fixtures, tile, area rugs, fixtures and abstract art! Most sites are open to the public but there are some that... More 

1 Thank Dianne1228
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The world's largest office building for a long time, we did a very nice cooking class here with our niece for her high school graduation....she loved it. We spent a few minutes shopping the stores too....mostly home stores, it was more interesting for us than her, but it's a great place to get design ideas and help and even purchases.

Thank RickMIusa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We checked out this beautiful building from the river. It was fantastic. I hope we will have time to go inside.

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I attend the Casual Furniture Show every year and walk miles in this huge complex of manufacture showrooms. I think I heard that it is the 2nd largest office building after the Pentagon. They have retail stores and services on the first 2 floors. I think they even have their own zip code. They have their own Metro stop on... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Outstanding place to go for ideas. We are building and I wanted to get ideas on appliances, flooring, cabinets, etc... It could be overwhelming, but honestly I walked away hours later with tons of ideas and suggestions from all the businesses. I went into most stores, and have to say I really like GE Monogram store. Georgie was outstanding, very... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Enjoyed spending several hours here on a Thursday afternoon touring the various design centers. Expensive stuff but items hard to find anywhere else. Food court described inside on 2nd level not much to it, so eat elsewhere. Lovely lit up at night.

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