About MPEA

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, and looks forward to welcoming the Marriott Marquis Chicago and Wintrust Arena to the community.

Learn more about our growing community here.

McCormick Place Advisory Council

The McCormick Place Advisory Council was created to oversee and advise the implementation of the reforms passed by the Illinois General Assembly in May 2010. The reforms are designed to reduce costs for customers, and provide greater flexibility while doing business at McCormick Place. The Advisory Council includes show organizers, exhibitors, labor, service and exhibitor contractors, and MPEA, SMG/McCormick Place and Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (CCTB) management.

  • Lori Healey | Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
  • David Causton | McCormick Place/SMG
  • Pat Allen | Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
  • Steve Altman | I.A.T.S.E. Local 110
  • John Coli Jr. | Teamsters Local 727
  • Anthony DeGrado | Decorators Local 17
  • Steve Drew | Radiological Society of North America
  • Peter Eelman | Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Don Finn | I.B.E.W. Local 134
  • Robert Fulton | Riggers Local 136
  • Robin Gathman | Planmeca USA, Inc.
  • Brian Hickey | Operating Engineers Local 399
  • Kelly Kilga | Graphic Arts Show Company, Inc.
  • Francesca Lendrum | Ever Epic
  • Terrance McGann | Whitfield McGann & Ketterman Attorneys at Law
  • Kevin McLaughlin | Carpenters Local 10
  • John O’Shea | Czarnowski
  • John Patronski | Global Experience Specialists
  • Ann Pennino | Praxair, Inc.
  • Jim Pittas | Packaging Machinery & Manufacturing Institute
  • Jorge Ramirez | Chicago Federation of Labor
  • David Sloan | Chicago Automobile Trade Show Association
  • Dennis Sullivan | Freeman
  • Adrienne Tiritilli | International Housewares Association
  • David Whitaker | Choose Chicago
  • Steve Georgas | MPEA/Chicago Police Department

Getting Here

Find Us

McCormick Square is accessible via car or transit. We encourage visitors to utilize the following options if driving:

Visitors can access the campus using the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Dan Ryan (I-90/94), Stevenson Expressway (I-55) as well as Lake Shore Drive. Detailed directions are available here.

Public Transportation

McCormick Place is now connected to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) via both city bus and elevated train. For visitors arriving via public transportation, we are pleased to note the following options:

Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station 

The nearest CTA rail station is located at the intersection of Cermak Road and State Street, two blocks (0.15 mile) from the northwest corner of the McCormick Place West Building, Gate 41 located at Cermak Road and Indiana Ave.

Metra Train and CTA Bus Map

Parking & Rates

There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Square campus. All lots are within walking distance to our convention complex.

  • Events in the North, South and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location.
  • Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C as the primary parking location.

Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616: (8′ height clearance) is a six-level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel provide added convenience. *The parking rate is $23 for up to 16 hours and $36 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is also available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the full $36 (overnight) fee per day.

Lot B – 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (also known as 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. It holds more than 1,800 vehicles. *The parking rate is a flat fee of $15 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is only open during event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

Lot C – Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (6’4″ height clearance) is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Fort Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. *The parking rate is a flat fee of $23 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is only open during event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

* Credit cards are accepted at the parking pay stations.

MPEA Staff

  • Michael Merchant | Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Regulatory Compliance, mmerchant@mpea.com
  • Barnaby Dinges | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, bdinges@mpea.com

Contact MPEA

Metropolitan Pier and
Exposition Authority

Corporate Center
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312-791-7500


Workforce Diversity/ HR Commitment

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to maintain a workforce that is as diverse as the community in which we operate. The philosophy of inclusion and our commitment to our staff are a key part of our business strategy, pushing MPEA to be a leading employer and community resource. It’s this philosophy that keeps MPEA customer-centered and service-oriented to deliver the best possible experience for clients, contractors and visitors.

Job Listings

Please note that MPEA will only accept applications for positions which are posted. Employment applications that do not specify a particular position will not be accepted.

Assistant General Counsel

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  J.D. Degree and license to practice law in Illinois.  Minimum of three (5) years’ experience in legal practice required. Experience in municipal or other governmental body representation is desired. Experience in commercial transactions or public agency procurements are desired.  Must have excellent research skills.  Ability to utilize sound judgment in appraising and evaluating legal problems.  Working knowledge of statutory and common laws applicable to municipal bodies. Proven ability to handle and maintain confidential information.  Must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

NOTE: Selection will be based on an evaluation of applicants’ training skills and experience.

DUTIES: Assists in monitoring the Authority’s compliance with enabling legislation, including competitive procurement, reporting and record keeping, governmental ethics and affirmative action.  Assists in monitoring and drafting documents for all Authority procurement activities to assure compliance with applicable laws.  In combination with other legal staff or outside counsel and management, assists in the negotiation of contracts for the Authority’s corporate purposes.  Assists in monitoring Authority contract administration activities, including providing assistance to administrative staff in drafting required correspondence.  Responds to legal inquiries and causes of action directed to the Authority from third parties, including but not limited to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and discovery in circuit and federal court litigation and administrative agency proceedings.  Counsels Authority Staff with respect to the legal implications of the performance of their duties.  Performs legal research relating to assigned work problems and reports on findings.  Negotiates and drafts leases, licenses and concession agreements.  Works with Authority Management on complex commercial, construction and real estate transactions.  Advises staff regarding legal issues associated with the financial affairs of the Authority.   Performs other job related duties as assigned.


Applications available in the Human Resources Office or at www.mpea.com.

PLEASE FAX ALL RESUMES TO 312-791-6001, ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES or mail to 301 E. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616, Attn: Human Resources

Senior Accountant

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required.  Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification is preferred.  Must possess a minimum of 5 years of progressive accounting experience in public accounting, auditing, or general accounting, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.  Prior Fixed Assets experience preferred.  Proficient in Word and Excel and prior experience working with computerized financial packages.  Experience with JD Edwards is strongly preferred.  Must have excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities and the ability to identify and define accounting and internal control issues and propose appropriate solutions.  Strong mathematical skills are required.  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required.   Must have excellent organizational skills with proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize effectively.


NOTE: Selection will be based on an evaluation of applicants’ training, skills and experience.

DUTIES: Responsible for assigned monthly close duties, including preparing and reviewing journal entries, ensuring steps in the close timeline are completed timely, reviewing financial statements and preparing related analyses, identifying areas requiring follow up and carrying out such follow up within a short timeline.  Responsible for preparation of general ledger account reconciliations, including analyzing financial data to ensure the accuracy of accounting records.  For assigned accounts, prepares summary account reconciliations documenting the nature and propriety of balances and activity by assigned monthly due dates.  Responsible for identifying and resolving reconciling items in a timely manner.  Continuously reviews processes to identify opportunities for improvements in effectiveness and/or efficiency.  Proposes and implements improvements to documentation and processes.  Utilizes JD Edwards accounting and other systems to facilitate analyses and problem solving.  Analyzes integrity reports related to assigned accounts and resolves any exception items.  For assigned areas, develops appropriate knowledge of the terms and conditions of the Authority’s vendor contracts in order to ensure compliance with such contracts and proper accounting for contract activities.  Ensures compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and principles of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  Prepares schedules for the annual audit and assists in preparation of year-end audited financial statements and related footnotes.  Will provide leadership, direction, management, training and supervision to accounting staff, including establishing goals and evaluating performance.   Creates new reports using JD Edwards report writing tools for analysis and for responding to information and report requests from user departments.   Prepares and maintains process documentation of all accounting & administrative processes assigned and updates such documentation on an ongoing basis.  Performs other job duties as assigned.


Applications available at  www.mpea.com.

PLEASE EMAIL ALL RESUMES to HR@MPEA.COM or mail to 301 E. Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616, Attn: Human Resources

Contact MPEA

MPEA Jobs Hotline:

Telephone: (312) 791-6090
Fax: (312) 791-6001


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.

Learn more about McCormick Square here.

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
301 East Cermak Road • Chicago, IL 60616 • (312) 791-7500
©2017 MPEA

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority