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 and expositions in the Chicago area, in an effort to strengthen the local economy. Historic Navy Pier, the top-visited leisure and tourist destination in the Midwest is also owned by the MPEA. The Authority also owns the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, a Four Diamond AAA-rated hotel located on the McCormick Place campus.