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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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Uwe R. Rentner- Pack on March 13, 2013

Very good Picture Design, Marlene.

Like 1

Best Regards, Uwe

Erik van den Ham on March 14, 2013

You're so lucky that taking pictures doesn't kill anyone. Or by now you would be a America's most wanted with all that drive by shooting! I do hope it is all save and you will keep your eyes on the road too.

Cheers, Erik

David Edwards on March 14, 2013

Loving this shot & Erik's comment, Marlene!

My very best, David.

Cindy Breen on March 14, 2013

Very nice shot Marlene


Best wishes to you Marion

Bassam Jayousi on March 14, 2013

Great view & composition, Wonderful capture! /Like/

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam

Guizel J.c on March 14, 2013

Very good capture and perspective



Martin Beitz on March 14, 2013

Beware! Marlene is in town! ;-) (nice title) Like. Best wishes, Martin.

~Marlene~ on March 15, 2013

Uwe... Erik... David... Marion... Bassam... pistula1... J.C.... and... Martin...

Thank you all so much for the kind words, the Likes and especially the Y*s. I appreciate it all very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Ilie Olar on March 15, 2013

Nice architecture! YSL! Greetings from Romania, Ilie

khoi tranduc on March 15, 2013

Very nice photo! Like & Ys!

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on March 15, 2013

Very good picture !


My friendly greeting,Natuska

~Marlene~ on March 16, 2013

Ilie... KhoiTran... and... Natuska...

Thank you all again for the kind words and the Likes. Both are much appreciated! Special thanks for the lovely Y*s... I am honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

ASY photos on March 16, 2013

Wonderful architectural lines, beautiful.


Cordial greetings!


mustafa taşkın on March 16, 2013

pictures and descriptions of it

Popi Braga on March 16, 2013

Very nice lines, I Like it very much! Popi

sonjabgd on March 16, 2013

Good shot.



Godo Nikolov on March 16, 2013

Like. Nice composition.

Imre Lakat on March 16, 2013

Great photo, I really like it.

Like !

Best regards and wishing a nice weekend, Imre Lakat

~Marlene~ on March 17, 2013

@ASY... Mustafa... Popi... Sonja... godonikolov... and... Imre...

Thank you all so much for the very nice comments and the Likes. I appreciate it and your visits very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Tomros on March 17, 2013

I have been there few times!

trade shows...

you made this place look good!

Like 18.

greetings, Tomas from Toronto

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  • Uploaded on March 13, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/02/03 16:25:05