The McCormick Place or Lakeside Center is a convention center building located near the shore of Lake Michigan, about 4 km south of downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is the largest convention center in the United States and hosts a lot of trade shows, such as Chicago Auto Show which held every February.

initially it designed by Alfred Shaw as the lead architect, and included the Arie Crown Theater which designed by Edward Durrell Stone. But in 1967 the building was destroyed in a spectacular fire. After the accident, the building rebuild on the foundations of the burned building. The new building designed by Gene Summers of C. F. Murphy and Associates using dark steel and glass as the construction.

The new building included a 300,000 square feet main exhibition hall and the Arie Crown Theatre which sustained only minor damage in the 1967 fire. The theatre seated nearly 5,000 people and was the second largest theater in Chicago based on seating capacity.

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