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Merchandise Mart
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General information
Type Mixed
Architectural style Art Deco
Location 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′18″N 87°38′08″W / 41.8884°N 87.6355°W / 41.8884; -87.6355
Construction started August 16, 1928
Completed 1930
Opening May 5, 1930
Owner Vornado Realty Trust
Roof 340 ft (100 m)
Technical details
Floor count 18 base, 25 tower
Floor area 4,000,000 square feet (372,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Graham, Anderson, Probst and White
Main contractor John W. Griffiths & Sons
The Merchandise Mart Photo Walk Chicago September 2, 2013-4874
The sign on the building

The Merchandise Mart (or the Merch Mart, or the Mart) is a commercial building located in the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. When it opened in 1930 it was the largest building in the world, with 4,000,000 square feet (372,000 m2) of floor space. The building was once owned by the Kennedy family. At a brief point, the building was so large, it had its own zip code.

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