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, the 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, the Marriott Marquis Chicago, and the 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 major economic impact to the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois and further positioning McCormick Square as one of the most successful convention center campuses in the nation.
Navy Pier is owned by MPEA, but its operations are run by Navy Pier, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation.
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