The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) is a municipal corporation created by the Illinois General Assembly. Its Board of Directors is appointed by the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago. Its mission is to attract trade shows, conventions, meetings, expositions and public events to the City of Chicago, and in the process, strengthen the economy of the area.
The MPEA owns two world-class facilities. Located along Chicago’s lakefront, McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America offers 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space, 173 meeting rooms, the 4,249-seat Arie Crown Theater and one of the largest ballrooms in the world. Historic Navy Pier is also the top-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest. Navy Pier features 50 acres of park areas, gardens, restaurants, retail shops, cruise and charter boat docking, amusement park rides, a ferris wheel, museums and a convention and meetings facility.
The Authority also owns the 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, a Four Diamond, AAA-rated hotel conveniently located on the McCormick Place campus. The MPEA is in the process of expanding the hotel by adding a second tower with an additional 460- guest rooms and renovating the existing tower. The completion date for the new tower is scheduled for the summer of 2013.
Every day, we work to enhance the experience of each visitor with the goal of ensuring that Chicago retain its leadership position in the convention and tourism industry. We welcome you to visit the acclaimed McCormick Place and the multi-faceted Navy Pier in the near future.