Now that the area surrounding the McCormick Place convention center has been under construction for several months, it's easy to see just how big of an undertaking the new McCormick Place Entertainment District really is. The $164 million arena designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli is on its way, as well as the gutting of the old American Book Company building. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is also bringing a 51-story, 1,200-key hotel tower and a data center to the area. And while the photos help give an idea of the scale of the massive project, they also serve as a timestamp for the construction timeline. The new entertainment district will not only require a lot of manpower, but it's going to take time for this project to come to a conclusion. It's been in the works for several years now and will take at least a couple more to finish.
·Construction Workers Dig In Around McCormick Place [Curbed Chicago]
·Construction Underway on Pelli Clarke Pelli-Designed Arena [Curbed Chicago]
·The Fuse Has Been Lit for the South Loop's Next Big Building Boom [Curbed Chicago]