Holiday Inn


Building The Heartland will be held at the Holiday Inn Mart Chicago, located next to the famed Merchandise Mart, home to over 4.2 million square feet of space. Many showroom floors of The Mart are accessible only to interior designers, architects, wholesale buyers and escorted visitors. The Merchandise Mart also became the world's largest LEED®-EB certified building in November 2007.

BUILDINGChicago has negotiated special discounted rates for those attendees who stay within this special room block. (Single/double room rate is $189).  Housing will open for both attendees and exhibitors on March 1, 2015.  Please click here to register online or call:1 877 834 3613.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Welcome Letter

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Green Meeting Efforts:

Banquets Being Green:
  • Biodegradable Items-Earthwise napkins, Eco Cups, Plates & Utensils
  • Linen spot clean
  • Meeting room recycling bins
  • Promote “greenness” welcome letter
  • Lighting new fluorescent bulbs eco friendly
  • Use of pitchers for cream, serving dishes for jellies & butter
  • Lighting on dimmers and always turn off when not in use
  • Use of china instead of disposable cups
  • Reusable props, decorations, foliage center pieces
  • Adjusted temperature controls when a meeting room is not in use
  • Water pitchers used rather than bottled and pre-poured water
  • Leftover water to water office plants
  • Coffee urns are sturno free
Housekeeping Being Green:
Clean The World Program:
  •   Recycling soap and shampoo, conditioner & lotion bottles
Conserving For Tomorrow:
  • Reuse towels and linen in occupied rooms
  • Recycle bags in guest rooms
  • Use of Glasses and cups instead of paper cups
Bar Information:
We Partner with Trinity Oaks Winery and for every bottle of wine sold, a tree is planted. Holiday Inn Mart Plaza alone has helped to plant over 3000 trees.


One of the world's most magnificent skylines provides the backdrop for a splendid stretch of coastline along Lake Michigan. Check out some of the city's exciting downtown neighborhoods near BUILDINGChicago:

The Loop

Extraordinary shopping, exceptional dining, and theatrical productions on landmark stages are hallmarks of this famed district in the heart of the city. The Loop's cultural edge is honed by the glorious Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Centers, and others.

Magnificent Mile

Just stroll down Michigan Avenue north from the Chicago River to discover why it's called the Magnificent Mile. At the avenue's north end are Oak Street's upscale boutiques. Attractions include historic Water Tower, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the John Hancock Observatory, and exciting Navy Pier.

River North

Art, antiques and restaurants abound in this chic neighborhood just west of North Michigan Avenue. Walk north from the massive Merchandise Mart to see galleries that rival those of Manhattan's Soho, and many celebrated chefs have placed Chicago on the world's culinary map with restaurants in River North.


Getting There

Chicago is easily reachable by train, plane or automobile. Once you are here, getting around is just as easy. One of the country's most extensive public transportation systems takes you almost anywhere you want to go. As North America's only dual hub for commercial air travel, the city is easy to get to from virtually anywhere. Chicago's premier location translates into real convenience for everyone.

Over 50 airlines service Chicago via O'Hare International and Midway International Airports, offering thousands of flights daily, including hundreds of direct non-stops and 166 international. This means that you can travel here from nearly anywhere in the world at any time of day.

O'Hare has been voted the "Best Airport in North America" nine years running by readers of Business Travel International.