An enclosed bridge designed by Helmut Jahn links the Merchandise Mart to the Apparel Center across Orleans Street.
One of the Mart's most notable customers was the Sultan of Brunei, who dropped $1.6 million here to furnish his entire palace. He claimed that this was the only place in the world where the task could be completed in one week.
Until 2004 the Merchandise Mart housed the headquarters of the Chicago Transit Authority, the public agency which runs Chicago's buses and rapid transit lines.
A major el station for the Brown & Purple Lines occupies the northeast corner of the second floor, connected to platforms over Wells Street.
The building is so large that it has its own zip code: 60654.
The parapet in front of the building holds the Chicago Retail Hall of Fame, with metal busts of major local retailers.
Largest office building in Chicago, and one of the largest in the world.
Built as a wholesale facility for Marshall Field & Company, the building is still used for trade shows and showrooms.
Owned by the Kennedy family from 1945 until the 1990's.
In 1992 the first 2 levels were converted to retail, with a department store, food court, and several shops.
The lobby appeared in the movie "Hudsucker Proxy" as the interior of the Hudsucker Company headquarters (which was actually set in New York City).
The building has a trapezoidal shape with a diagonal side on Orleans Street. Within the block it is honeycombed by several light courts.
The lobby is decorated with 17 murals by Jules Guerin illustrating commerce around the world.
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