Construction Update
Game On at McCormick Place Event Center

McCormick Place Event Center

Please, don’t call it DePaul Arena. Granted, the new McCormick Place Event Center *will* be the new home for DePaul University’s men’s and women’s basketball beginning with the 2017-18 season, and DePaul has contributed some $70 million to the project, but expect the versatile new facility to be much more than a home-court hoops venue.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 300,000-square-foot Event Center is just one part of the project to turn the McCormick Place campus into a major entertainment district, which includes adding hotel rooms, offices, and retail space to the neighborhood of North America’s largest convention center.

The 10,000-seat facility will play host to a variety of functions, with an entire floor of event space located one story below street level. Hosting music concerts, trade shows, plus large business meetings and conventions, will put the facility to year-round use.



Location: Cermak Road and Indiana Avenue, Prairie Avenue District

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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