A Pavilion on the Lake: McCormick Place (1968-71)

Lakeside Center

2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
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Join Docomomo US/Chicago for a tour of the magnificent Lakeside Center at McCormick Place led by architectural historian Kevin Harrington, Professor Emeritus at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition to the tour leader, some architects who were on the original design team for the building will also be available to answer questions.

Built between 1968 and 1971, the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place is a multi-level convention center pavilion situated on Lake Michigan in Burnham Park on the Near South Side of Chicago. The building was designed in the International Style by architects Gene Summers and Helmut Jahn of C.F. Murphy Associates, one the Chicago's most prominent post-World War II architectural firms. The Lakeside pavilion was the sole convention center building in the current McCormick Center complex until the construction of the McCormick Center North in 1986. Despite further expansions of McCormick Place over the last 30 years, the 1971 McCormick Place building remains to be the most significant of all the buildings in the complex due to its architectural design and lake front site.

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