Fast Facts


Fast Facts


Official Name:



The Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.527.4141


MMPI is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings and trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer shows and conferences each year.


For 75 years, MMPI has been the leading resource in North America for designers, retailers, consumers and manufacturers who look to MMPI and its properties for all the products, services and education they need to conduct their business easily and efficiently.

MMPI's corporate headquarters are located in the famous Chicago Merchandise Mart, the world's largest commercial building second only to the Pentagon. Situated on the Chicago River, The Mart encompasses 4.2 million square feet, two city blocks and 25 stories. At one point, it even had its own zip code.

Built by national retailer Marshall Field Company to house a single wholesale center for the entire nation, The Mart first opened on May 5, 1930. Joseph P. Kennedy was interested in the building’s concept, and purchased The Mart in 1945 and the Kennedy family ran it for 50 years. In 1998, Vornado Realty Trust, a leading real estate Investment trust, acquired The Merchandise Mart and MMPI. Christopher Kennedy, grandson of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, served as president until July of 2011. The current President is Mark Falanga.

Today, The Mart remains the largest trade center in the world and welcomes more than ten million visitors each year. Fifty-five percent of the building’s area is devoted to wholesale showrooms.


The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
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Architects & Designers Building, New York, NY
7 W New York, New York, NY

Piers 92/94 (Manage Property), New York, NY

Trade Shows:

Beckman’s Handcrafted Gift Show®
Business of Design
The Chicago Market: Living and Giving™

Chicago Collective™
Design Chicago
Fine Design Residential Home Furnishings Show™

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™

National Bridal Market™

NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair
NeoCon East®
The New York Gift Week at 7 W New York™
The New York Tabletop Week™

New York International Bridal Week
Women’s & Children’s Chicago Apparel Market™

Consumer Events:

Architectural Digest Home Design Show
The Armory Show
Casual Sample Sale

Dining by Design
The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair
LuxeHome Chill

National Kitchen and Bath Month Open House

One of a Kind Show and Sale® Chicago

Sample Sale
Taste of T





Vornado Realty Trust, owner of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

Web Site:

For Information:

800/678.MART (6278)