Wintrust Arena

Chicago, Illinois
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Additional collaborations with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects:
Moody Nolan, Inc.
Additional collaborations with Moody Nolan, Inc.:
300,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
LEED Certification (targeted)

The 300,000 square-foot event center is located on Chicago’s McCormick Place campus.

The structure features a 10,500-seat arena, 22 suites, club seating, team and support service spaces, broadcast facilities, and food and beverage concessions. The multipurpose arena is home to DePaul University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams; it also serves as a venue for concerts, special events, and general sessions for McCormick Place conventions.  The Arena is wrapped in glass and other translucent materials to allow daylight to fill the interior space and provide views of the surrounding community.

The facility was delivered under a design-build contract, on schedule, and on budget, in just 23 months. Through an early and extensive evaluation of the project, Clark identified critical cost saving alternatives without reducing the building’s program requirements. These creative engineering solutions, coupled with the firm’s early and aggressive procurement of key subcontractors, provided essential savings and allowed the project to move forward under MPEA’s original budget.

Wintrust Arena is designed to achieve LEED® certification.

American Architectural Award for 2018 - Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies