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. The Chairman is selected by the MPEA Board.
MPEA owns McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, and seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs, expositions and meetings in the state of Illinois in a dedicated effort to strengthen the local economy. MPEA also owns the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, a Four Diamond AAA-rated hotel located on the McCormick Place campus, the new Marriott Marquis Chicago, and the 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena.
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Formed in 1989 by the Illinois General Assembly, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) encompasses the entire Collection at McCormick Square campus, which includes McCormick Place, The Hyatt Regency, and the soon-to-open Marriott Marquis Chicago and Wintrust Arena. Formed as a convention center, McCormick Place is comprised of four buildings and hosts some of the largest and longest running conventions and trade shows in the nation while providing a significant economic impact to the City of Chicago and further positioning McCormick Square as one of the most successful convention center campuses in the nation.
MPEA takes pride in its storied history with Navy Pier, Inc., and following the establishment of the pier as a not-for-profit corporation in 2011, continues to support the iconic Chicago landmark.
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