See the DreamHome at the Merchandise Mart

Founded in 1947, the UCCRF Women's Board is committed to funding some of the world's most innovative programs in cancer research. Proceeds raised at the DreamHome Preview Party will support the activities of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center in its efforts to recruit new scientists to the University of Chicago and to develop world-class research programs investigating the treatment and prevention of cancer.

"We are delighted to partner again with The Merchandise Mart by hosting the Preview Party. This event combines elegance and creativity with a commitment to one of Chicago's greatest institutions," said DreamHome Preview Party co-chair, Karen Manzari.

DreamHome provides inspiration to design professionals, exposure to discerning consumers for showrooms, manufacturers and sponsors and appreciation for high-end design to the Chicago area and beyond. This year's DreamHome, "Cool Elegance" is stylish, yet timeless blending luxury furnishings from the Design Center showrooms with clean lines to create an awe-inspiring space. New to DreamHome, each room will feature an eco-friendly element keeping in line with the Mart's "green" initiatives and philosophy. In addition, DreamHome will serve as the backdrop for private events throughout the year...proving once again that it's more than just a show house.

DreamHome will be open to the public from April 16 – December 10, 2010, weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a voluntary $5 donation to benefit the UCCRF Women's Board initiatives. For more information about this year's DreamHome, including group tours and event opportunities, visit or call 800.677.MART (6278).


The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart, located in Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world's largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, The Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, couture, home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 900,000 square feet, boasting 130 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the design professional's ultimate resource for luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting, antiques and much more.

The Design Center's Designer Portfolios are a unique online resource for homeowners to learn about working with a design professional and help them find the perfect designer to match their tastes, expectations and budget. More than 80 area design professionals are featured in the online Designer Portfolios, with his or her own web page featuring their design philosophy, area(s) of specialty, project photos, fee structure and more. Designer Portfolios can be easily accessed by visiting and clicking on the Designer Portfolio logo.

MMPI is the world's leading owner and operator of showroom buildings and trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together in more than 300 market events, trade and consumer shows and conferences each year.

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Federal Center Southwest in Washington D.C.

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