Fast Facts

Overview: Located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, in the world-famous Merchandise Mart, The Merchandise Mart Design Center is the world's first and largest design center. As a leader in the $65-billion residential furnishings market, The Merchandise Mart Design Center is comprised of four floors, boasts 130 showrooms and features over 2,000 product lines. It is the design professional's ultimate resource for luxury home products.

Additionally, The Merchandise Mart Design Center offers exciting, varied, trade-only special events throughout the year. Whether illuminating new collections, forecasting future needs or leading professional development seminars, The Merchandise Mart Design Center events allow experts in design, home furnishings products and business to teach design professionals how to meet and exceed the needs of their clients. The Design Center also hosts several consumer events throughout the year to help them understand the design process, realize the benefits of working with a design professional and see all the luxury resources the Design Center has to offer.

The Merchandise Mart Design Center also prides itself on its close relationships with design industry leaders, citing a distinguished list of speakers including Oscar de la Renta, Nina Campbell, David Easton, Barbara Barry, Holly Hunt, Sherri Donghia, Stephanie Odegard and Chris Casson Madden.
Location and Hours: The Merchandise Mart Chicago
Floors 6, 16, 17 and 18
Open to the trade only or those accompanied by a design professional
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Products Represented: The Merchandise Mart Design Center offers the largest presentation of home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Products include luxury home furnishings, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting, antiques, accessories and much more.
Property Manager: Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI)
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.527.4141
For Information: 800-677-MART (6278)
Design Center Showrooms: For a complete listing of showrooms in the Merchandise Mart Design Center visit
Designer Portfolios: Designer Portfolios is an online resource for consumers to learn about working with a design professional and to help them find the perfect designer to match their tastes, expectations and budget.

More than 50 Chicago-area design professionals are featured in the online Designer Portfolios. Each designer has his/her own page featuring their design philosophy, areas of specialty, project photos, fee structures, and more.

Events: The Merchandise Mart Design Center hosts several events throughout the year for both trade professionals and consumers. A sampling of Design Center events include:

Consumer and trade events:
DreamHome - The Design House at The Merchandise Mart
DreamRooms: Luxury Living Spaces
ELLE DECOR'S Dining by Design benefiting DIFAA/Chicago
Treasure Hunt® - The Luxury Home Furnishings Sample Sale

Trade only events:
DesignChicago - Celebrates new design in Chicago
Ample parking is located throughout the neighborhood, including MartParc Wells at the corner of Wells and Kinzie Streets.