Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart station is located on the outskirts of the Loop and services the Merchandise Mart.

Previously owned by the Marshall Field family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. A retail shopping area, called The Shops at the Mart, includes apparel shops, beauty services, bookstores and newsstands, financial services, telecommunication services, travel services, specialty food and wine stores, photo services, a dry cleaner, shoe shine stand, and a food court. A United States Postal Service office is located on the first floor and a FedEx location is located on the second floor. Several radio and t.v. stations broadcast from the Mart, including WENR, WMAQ, and used to be home to radio programs such as Captain Midnight, Birr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran and Ollie, and hard rock and alternative rock programs.

A couple blocks away is Blue Chicago, a blues club that is jumping, hopping, skipping and everything in between. Cover charge is $8 Sunday through Thursday, and $10 on Friday and Saturday. Sample some of their live music on Blues Chicago.

Transfer to the Brown Line on this stop.

The next stop on the Purple Line is Chicago (Northbound) or the Loop (Southbound).

Back to the Purple Line.

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