theMART’s Moments

About theMART

theMART is a true Chicago landmark, with a dramatic vantage point that dominates the Chicago River and helps to define the city. 


A Chicago Icon

theMART has been an icon in Chicago’s history ever since the 1930's, when it was developed by Marshall Field & Co. to create a central marketplace where stocking retailers could buy all their wares under one roof.


Today theMART is one of the world’s largest commercial buildings, a wholesale design center, and a hub for premier international business locations in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks and rises 24 stories. It is home to 15 major trade and consumer shows as well as hundreds of meetings and special events. Recently rebranded, theMART has quickly transformed into Chicago's most visible address for high-tech tenants.


Property Information

Property Type

Mixed use - office, showroom, retail and trade show


222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654

Completed in 1930 with renovations completed in 2016

Year Built

Total Size

3.6 Million Rentable Square Feet 

Average Floor Size

200,000 Rentable Square Feet, excluding floors 20-24



Office and retail establishments typically have variable air volume systems.

Heating & Cooling

Coverage is 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, ensuring a continuous presence on the property.



The property is equipped with 35 passenger elevators, three retail freight elevators, and five 8,000 to 10,000 pound capacity freight elevators.  


Net Pop provides connections throughout building with two fiber risers, copper riser closets, and a fiber optic infrastructure.

Recently installed cellular backbone provides enhanced service throughout building with 1,600 antennas. Neutral host front-end equipment.

(Distributed Antenna System)

WiFi Coverage

Complimentary WiFi throughout all common areas on the first and second floors, as well as River Deck.

LEED-Gold EB Fitwel 2 Star

Building Certification

In Good Company

Time and again, theMART has been the first choice of innovative technology companies, creative advertising firms, financial institutions, and high-quality government agencies. That’s because being at theMART optimizes a firm’s potential success and provides access to a sought-out community of other creative thinkers, makers, and doers.

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The Vornado Difference


theMART is owned by Vornado Realty Trust, a fully integrated, publicly traded real estate investment (REIT). They’re one of the largest owners and managers of commercial real estate in the United States, with a portfolio of over 20 million square feet.

With over 50 years on the New York Stock Exchange, Vornado was recently listed in Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” and in Newsweek’s “100 Greenest Companies.” Vornado was also named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2013 and 2014.


 theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in business, technology, culture, art, media, and more. theMART is also the largest privately held commercial building in the United States: it encompasses 4.2 million gross square feet, spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day (or nearly 10 million people annually). Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and design forward showrooms, theMART serves as the home to Chicago's most creative and technologically innovative companies, including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal, and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies ConAgra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, Grainger, and Caterpillar.


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