Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District


The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and visitors to Chicago’s lakefront convention center.

McCormick Place events center and Marriott Marquis drawing, courtesy of MPEA

McCormick Place events center and Marriott Marquis drawing, courtesy of MPEA

What exactly is a Marriott Marquis property, you ask? Per a Marriott press release, “within the brand, the ‘Marquis’ designation is reserved for select downtown properties that offer the highest levels of comfort, technology, personal service, meeting facilities, privacy and world class amenities.”

With expected completion in 2017, the 40-story hotel will deliver:

  • 1,206 guest rooms, including 47 suites
  • 90,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Two 25,000 square-foot ballrooms
  • A marketplace food court
  • A fitness center and business facility
  • A Marriott Greatroom

We knew it was too early for the South Loop earth to be trembling from excited Bears fans, so we took a look for ourselves to see what those tremors were all about. Turns out, it was heavy equipment. Lots of heavy equipment.

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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