DePaul Arena

DePaul Arena Rendering Photo

DePaul Arena Rendering

Updates: New Arena Renderings Released

DePaul released new renderings of what the arena might look like. The designs are from Pelli Clarke Pell Architects, the firm chosen by the McPier board back in September. The project has since been held up in Chicago City Council committee hearings. Photo: Rendering courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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Oliver Purnell DePaul Photo

The Arena's Impact, Issues

Not everyone is on board with the new arena. Neighborhood associations and developers have opposed the project. But DePaul officials say the new arena will help them recruit players, particularly in Chicago. Photo: DePaul men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell. (Photo/Josclynn Brandon)

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Rahm Emanuel DePaul Arena Photo

Officials Announce Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials unveiled their plan at a press conference at McCormick Place in May 2013 -- just six days before Chicago Public Schools board voted to close 50 schools. Photo: Emanuel makes the announcement at McCormick Place. (Photo/Josclynn Brandon)

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Infographic and Multimedia

Get the arena's details and financial costs in this interactive infographic that features video, links and more. Also watch the documentary, "50: A Tale of CLOSED Schools and BIG Money." It was produced by DePaul students and filmmaker Danny Morlock of Chicago.

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"We have designed a light, luminous event center that we hope will be a good neighbor and a dynamic expression of the events that it will house.”

Fred Clarke, Senior principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The Red Line Project is covering the planning and construction of the DePaul arena at McCormick Place. This page features updates on the developing story and presents the various perspectives of people who support and oppose the project.

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