Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 December 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart, located in the Near North Side of Chicago, was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet of floor space. Previously owned by the Marshall Field family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. Massive in its construction, and serving as a monument to early 20th century merchandising and architecture, the art deco landmark anchors the daytime skyline at the junction of the Chicago River branches.

With upper levels bathed in red and green colored lighting, the structure stands out against darker downtown buildings. The building continues to be a leading retailing and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants per day. The Merchandise Mart is so large that it has its own zip code (60654). The Wells Street bridge, seen here in front of the Mart, spans across the Chicago River.

Photo captured December 17, 2010.

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Antoine from France

Hi Steven. Super photo. The light and the colors are very beautiful. Steven, merry Christmas to you and yours. AntoineMaxou.

25 Dec 2010 7:36am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot. I love that glow on the water. Merry Christmas.

25 Dec 2010 4:13pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

Impressive night shot! Nice play of the colors!
Merry X-mas!

25 Dec 2010 5:32pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I love these lights and the warm tones a lot! Frohe Weihnachten!

25 Dec 2010 8:45pm

Denise from Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful shot, Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

25 Dec 2010 10:46pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Happy Holidays!

26 Dec 2010 3:01am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique lumière, et superbes couleurs.

26 Dec 2010 10:24pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

I hope you had a good christmas!!!

26 Dec 2010 10:25pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superb night cityscape shot !!!!!!!!

26 Dec 2010 11:44pm

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