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The McCormick Place Story The history of McCormick Place is quite remarkable for a building that is only thirty-nine years old It was built in 1960 burned down in 1967 and was rebuilt and reopened by 1971 When we think of McCormick Place today we think of the North South and East buildings together But the North building wasnt built until 1986 and the South building was completed just last year both well after the Richard J Daley administration The East Building Also known as Lakeside Center built from 1967-1971 and the original McCormick Place completed in 1960 are the main foci of this paper because Richard J Daley was directly involved with their planning Because the North and South buildings did not exist during this time period the building either the original or the East building was called McCormick Place McCormick Place is named after the former President of the Chicago Tribune Colonel Robert R McCormick He was born on July 30 1880 in Chicago He worked as the head of Streets and Sanitation Department from 1905-1910 and in 1911 he became president of the Tribune He worked there until he was called into action for World War One where he served in the first infantry directly under the command of John J Pershing When he returned home to Chicago Robert became somewhat of an entrepreneur Exhibition Center Hailed In the late 1940s McCormick recognized the need for a permanent convention center in the city He began the campaign for this exhibition hall that would eventually bear his name Sadly Robert McCormick passed away April 1 1955 and never saw his dream come to life wwwmccormickplacecom In 1927 a similar plan to build a convention center was blocked by the Illinois Supreme Court Further progress was stunted in the 1930s by the Great Depression After the United States entrance into World War Two industry got a jump-start Then in 1951 a one-percent
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