A CIO’s-eye view of Chicago’s Municipal Pier Expo Authority
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McCormick Place skyline
Building out an event at McCormick Place
Skyline Ballroom event
McCormick Place’s Skyline Ballroom is one of the largest in the world, with a banquet capacity of 5,000 guests.
Skyline Ballroom between events
Here’s a more bare-bones look at the 103,000-square-foot ballroom — big enough to contain the playing field of Soldier Field.
Navy Pier fireworks from Rooftop Garden
McCormick Place has 500+ wireless access points allowing for 8,000 concurrent users, a fully redundant 1 gigabit Internet connection, and an expandable power capacity of 40 megawatts (enough to light the city of Joliet).
Navy Pier at Dock Street
Since its construction in 1916, Navy Pier has served as a shipping/recreation facility, a military facility, and a college campus. Following a $200 million renovation, it was revitalized as a “convention, cultural, and recreational center.” Along with its 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, and various other attractions, it includes 170,000 square feet of exhibition space, 48,000 square feet of meeting space, and an 18,150-square-foot ballroom.