Wells Street Bridge crossing the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago's elevated subway train, commonly known as the "El" can be seen crossing the river on top of the bridge.
The large building seen to the right of the Chicago River and behind the Wells Street Bridge is the Merchandise Mart. When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart 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. The building continues to be a leading retail 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).
Photo captured June 22, 2012.
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