Event Center Progress: Right on Track


On October 5, 2016, the final beam of the Event Center’s stunningly designed roof was placed during a topping off and signing ceremony. The beam was painted white to allow for signing from representatives of DePaul University, McCormick Square, the construction team and six student athletes from DePaul.


Lori Healey, CEO of MPEA, and Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University, spoke at the ceremony to show their gratitude for the progress.

“We are thrilled to be here today,” said Lori Healey, CEO of MPEA. “The Event Center at McCormick Square is a game-changer for our campus; it is incredibly exciting to see us reach this point in the construction process.”


“The new Event Center will be a terrific home for our Blue Demons and will finally bring DePaul basketball back to Chicago,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “It will also provide a wonderful space for the DePaul community to celebrate graduation, convocation, and other key milestones. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made this project a reality.”

Later, McCormick Place and DePaul officials led a tour of the construction site for the first public look inside the Event Center.

Not only will the Event Center provide a basketball stadium and convention center, it will act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of Chicago’s South Loop and neighboring communities.

Event Center at McCormick Square will be ready for tip off fall 2017.

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