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MPEA Mourns the Passing of Former CEO Jim Reilly

MPEA Mourns the Passing of Former CEO Jim Reilly Two-time CEO led MPEA through times of great change, including campus expansion and labor reforms. CHICAGO–The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) family is saddened to learn of the passing...

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McCormick Place Successfully Reopens with Major Events

McCormick Place Successfully Reopens with Major Events Hosts the Chicago Auto Show, NBA Draft Combine, ASI, & Nike Tournament of Champions North America’s Largest Convention Center Busy for the Foreseeable Future; Over 1000 FTEs Back to Work on Campus...

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McCormick Place Moves Closer to Reopening

McCormick Place Moves Closer to Reopening North America’s Largest Convention Center Announces New Hybrid Event Offerings & Reopening of the Marriott Marquis Chicago 122 Events Scheduled for the Next 18 Months; 47 Major Events Alone Bringing $2.35B in Economic...

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Jeff Bethke Elected Chairman of MPEA Board of Directors

Jeff Bethke Elected Chairman of Mpea Board of Directors Replaces Brett Hart After More Than 4 Years of Service February 23, 2021 – It was announced today that Jeff Bethke, CEO of Ingenuity Advising, is the new Chairman of...

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“We imagine bringing food to every block where hunger lives”

“We imagine bringing food to every block where hunger lives” Donated Space at McCormick Place will enable Fight2Feed to Serve Exponentially More People First ‘Serving Tuesday’ brings 5 local chefs together to make 2,000 meals February 22, 2021 –...

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McCormick Place Driving Toward GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

McCormick Place Driving Toward GBAC STAR™ Accreditation The outbreak, prevention, response and recovery accreditation led by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council will help prepare the nation’s largest convention center for safe reopening July 15, 2020 – McCormick Place, North...

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MPEA Announces Larita Clark as CEO

MPEA Appoints Larita Clark as CEO Position effective today, Clark was formerly CFO for the Authority January 28, 2020 – The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) announced today Larita Clark has been appointed CEO...

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McCormick Place Station Upgrades Complete

Metra, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and After School Matters   team up to enliven waiting room, platform at convention center Metra stop  CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2017) – Metra and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) today unveiled a...

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UIC Experts Quantify McCormick Square’s Statewide Economic Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2017 CHICAGO – February 8, 2017 – In the five-year period from 2014-18 the McCormick Square campus will deliver more than $9.4-billion in economic impact from operations, infrastructure improvements and construction of a major...

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Event Center at McCormick Square to be named Wintrust Arena

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 16, 2016 CHICAGO — Wintrust Financial Corporation – Chicago’s leading community and corporate banking company – DePaul University, and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), today announced that the new event center at McCormick...

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