©ADAM ALEXANDER PHOTOGRAPHY; ©DAN VOSS PHOTOGRAPHY; ©ROB SALL PHOTOGRAPHY Chicago’s newest sports and entertainment venue debuts in the South Loop near McCormick Place. Wintrust Arena, a new 10,387-seat sports and entertainment venue, is the newest addition to The Collection at McCormick Square complex. An intimate space with a floor area of 18,000 square feet, Wintrust Arena offers a new Chicago venue option for meeting planners that’s close to McCormick Place. Designed by renowned architects Pelli Clark Pelli and Moody Nolan, the contemporary Wintrust Arena connects via sky bridges to the new 40-story Marriott Marquis Chicago and the recently renovated AAA Four-Diamond Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. One of Wintrust Arena’s most dramatic design elements is the roof that swells upward over the venue’s seating, an homage by the architects to Chicago landmarks like the Auditorium Theater and Union Station. The arena’s transparent facade gives passersby a peek at the building’s exciting energy, with the main entrance located at the corner of Cermak Road and Indiana Avenue. Serving as the home court of Chicago’s DePaul University Blue Demons men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the Chicago Sky WNBA team, Wintrust Arena also hosts a year-round calendar of happenings ranging from sporting events and concerts to family shows and conventions. Meeting planners can book Wintrust Arena for uses including general sessions or closing events for a convention (such as a concert). Wintrust Arena also offers 22 beautifully appointed luxury suites across two levels that are available for hospitality or event purposes. Eight of them are 16-person suites; the other 14 accommodate 12 people. Suites include catering and private bars and restrooms, and are dependent on availability. Wintrust Arena is a welcome addition to the burgeoning McCormick Square neighborhood, and is expected to up the excitement factor in Chicago’s newest entertainment district. It’s just one more reason to plan an event near McCormick Place, where a booming dining and nightlife scene that includes everything from craft breweries to a growing selection of diverse restaurants is just steps away. FACTS & STATS • 10,387 seat, multipurpose facility • 22 suites and 450+ club seats • State-of-the-art technology • Multiple locker rooms • 2 separate luxury hotel options for home and away teams • Easy accessibility from anywhere in the Midwest region For more information, visit wintrustarena.com.
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