DRIVE BY SHOOTING ~ McCORMICK PLACE

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McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America. It consists of four interconnected buildings sited on and near the shore of Lake Michigan, about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. McCormick Place hosts numerous trade shows and meetings. The largest regular events are the Chicago Auto Show each February, the International Home and Housewares Show each March and the National Restaurant Association Annual Show each May. The North Building, located west of Lake Shore Drive and completed in 1986, is connected to the East Building by an enclosed pedestrian bridge. In contrast to the dark, flat profile of the East Building, the North Building is white (as the original building was), with twelve concrete pylons on the roof which support the roof using 72 cables. The HVAC system for the building is incorporated into the pylons and give the building the appearance of a rigged sailing ship. The North Building has roughly 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) of main exhibition space. The South Building, dedicated in 1997 and designed by tvsdesign, contains more than 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) of exhibition space. It more than doubled the space in the complex and made McCormick Place the largest convention center in the nation, surpassing the Javits Center in New York City. On August 2, 2007, McCormick Place officials opened yet another addition to the complex, the West Building, also designed by tvsdesign and costing $882 million and completed 8 months ahead of schedule. The publicly financed West Building contains 470,000 square feet (44,000 m2) of exhibit space, bringing McCormick Place's total existing exhibition space to 2,670,000 square feet (248,000 m2). The West Building also has 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) of meeting space, including 61 meeting rooms, as well as a 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) ballroom, the size of a football field and one of the largest ballrooms in the world. In November 2012, McCormick Place was the site of President Obama's Victory Celebration

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~Marlene~ on March 18, 2013

This is the newer building on the west side of LSD, Tomas, not the huge flat-roofed one on the lake. The whole complex is really overwhelming! What were you buying or selling there? Many thanks for the Like & the visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

Sergio Bagna on March 22, 2013

Great composition! Like! Greetings from Italy, Sergio

~Marlene~ on March 23, 2013

Many thanks, Sergio, for the nice comment and the Like. I appreciate the visit!

Best wishes, Marlene

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    by ~Marlene~
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