Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square

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Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square

Chicago, IL 2019

Project Description

Wintrust Arena is located on the Near South Side of Chicago. It is the home of DePaul University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and a multipurpose event space that hosts concerts and convention-related events for McCormick Place, the country’s largest convention center. The arena is part of a redevelopment plan to transform the surrounding neighborhood into a vibrant entertainment district with new dining and entertainment venues, hotels and streetscapes.

The event center’s main design feature is an inventive roof that swells upward over the arena seating. Within the arena, the roof’s structure is exposed, making the steel trusses that hold it aloft an expressive part of the design. The design team endeavored to create an arena that contributes positively to the streets that surround it, sharing the activity inside and investing the design with features that are active all the time — not just during the events. An opening in the arena seating offers passersby a glimpse of the world-class scoreboard, as well as of the events inside.

The two levels of suites and individually articulated seating sections create an intimate venue. The Blue Demon Deck student section cantilevers dramatically from the top of the arena and places the students directly over the action. Open concourses keep the spectators connected to the event as they circulate throughout the building. Athletic support facilities, backstage areas, loading docks and mechanical spaces are all strategically placed in an arena that contributes greatly to the surrounding neighborhood.

Project Details

Architect: Moody Nolan
Construction Cost: 155,000,000
Square Feet: 285,000
Occupancy: September 2017

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Wittback

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Greatmats and Ecosurfaces

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Keiser

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Sorinex Exercise Equipment

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Hussey Seating Co.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Panasonic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Panasonic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Panasonic

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Superior Recreational Products

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Global Partitiions

Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: Grimm Scientific

Architect Of Record

Moody Nolan
Columbus, OH

Design Architect

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
New Haven, CT

Landscape Architect

Site Design Group
Chicago, IL

Programming Consultant

Kansas City, MO

Structural Engineer

Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Seattle, WA