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Bold Future, Rich Legacy

From the moment its first brick was laid, theMART was designed to lead the trends, and that grand idea is why we’re a Chicago icon. For nearly a century, we’ve made reinvention our business. So for our 90th birthday, we’re not just celebrating — we’re innovating. We’re more than the future’s workspace and showroom. We’re a landmark on the move.

A Celebration of Moments

Join us for landmark moments – large and small, each one a unique experience that honors the building’s nine decades of reinvention and relevance. Whether it’s a nuanced 90th MARTMocha moment at the cafe or a 5000-person MARTFest90 moment, each is a connection to this great landmark. Come join the ongoing celebration of theMART.

Making History for Nearly a Century


Merchandise Mart started as a grand dream in the mind of Marshall Field: to create a showroom for the entire nation. And ever since its grand opening on May 5th, 1930, those dreams have only grown bigger. Over the decades, the Chicago landmark has housed everything from television studios to tech giants, constantly expanding and reinventing itself with each new era.

Creating the Future


And at the dawn of its 9th decade, the building now known as theMART is entering its most exciting period yet. The local landmark’s impact on Chicago culture is greater than ever thanks to programs like Art on theMART, which utilizes its classic art deco façade as a massive canvas for today’s greatest artists. The building itself hosts 15 major trade and consumer shows every year, as well as hundreds of meetings and special events. And we continue to be the home of some of Chicago’s most forward-thinking businesses.

So while we’re celebrating theMART’s 90th anniversary, remember: the next 90 years are looking even brighter.

To 90 More Years

theMART’s 90th Anniversary events are happening right now, and you’re invited. Check out what’s happening this month, and celebrate your moment as we celebrate ours!