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John Nicolls gives a tour of McCormick Square./photo by Shia Kapos 0

Sneak peek of Blue Demons’ new home at McCormick Square

February 28th, 2017

The $564 million McCormick Square project that includes Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel is two-thirds finished and on track to open in about six months.

I got a first-look, hard-hat tour of the development from officials with the Metropolitan and Exposition Authority.

Noticeable right away is how close even the upper bowl seats are to the court. Games will be in full view, too, as you cruise the main concourse for concessions.

Maybe architect Pelli Clarke Pelli had DaVinci’s Mona Lisa in mind, with eyes following you wherever you go.

“It’s going to feel more intimate than the United Center or Allstate Arena,” says John Nicolls, senior director of development at the authority.

Read more and check out the panoramic video in my column in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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