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Inside the McCormick Place alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients on April 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

“Today, we are pleased to report that the curve is flattening, and our local hospitals and health care systems continue to operate with capacity,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a joint statement.

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New statewide totals: 43,903 cases, 1,933 deaths

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Inside the McCormick Place alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients on April 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

The state reported another 2,126 COVID-19 cases and 59 fatalities Sunday. Despite those rising numbers, Illinois is not seeing so many severe cases that the medical system is overwhelmed.

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McCormick Place in Chicago (Courtney McGough / Flickr)

Illinois health officials on Friday reported the largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state – 1, 209 cases and 53 deaths – as Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot toured the alternate care facility at McCormick Place.

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McCormick Place in Chicago (Courtney McGough / Flickr)

A portion of the convention center will become an alternate care center for patients with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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McCormick Place in Chicago (Courtney McGough / Flickr)

The American College of Cardiology has called off its upcoming conference at McCormick Place due to coronavirus concerns, adding to a run of cancellations at the Chicago convention center because of the outbreak.

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McCormick Place in Chicago (Courtney McGough / Flickr)

An annual trade show that brings close to 60,000 visitors to McCormick Place each year has canceled its plans to meet in Chicago this month, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

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As Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushes McCormick Place as the new location for the Lucas Musuem, a group of faith and community leaders met Tuesday to throw their support behind the plan. WBEZ's Lauren Chooljian will bring us the latest.  

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While a monthslong architecture celebration underway in Chicago, there are some big changes in store for the city’s architectural landscape. We discuss the planned and potential changes to the city’s skyline with Lee Bey, host of Rivet Radio’s Architecture360; and architect and author Edward Keegan. 

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At half an acre, the rooftop garden atop McCormick Place West is the largest in the entire region. We revisit the backstory behind this little-known space. Read an article.

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At half an acre, the rooftop garden atop McCormick Place West is the largest in the entire region. We bring you the backstory behind this little-known space. Read an article.

Navy Pier & McCormick Place

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We hear what you had to say about the mayor's plans to expand McCormick Place and overhaul Navy Pier when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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The mayor unveils grand plans for Navy Pier and McCormick Place. We talk with the heads of Navy Pier and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority about the proposal.

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John Picken/flickr

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the city is planning a 12,000-seat arena at McCormick Place that could house the DePaul Blue Demons. The University of Chicago's Allen Sanderson breaks down the economics of a new stadium.

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Elizabeth Brackett reports with reaction to President Obama's victory from his headquarters at McCormick Place.

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Phil Ponce and his panel talk about President Obama’s election night party at McCormick Place. Watch the web-exclusive conversation.

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Journalists from around the world converged on McCormick Place. Even though access was restricted, most reporters gave high marks to NATO summit organizers. Elizabeth Brackett reports.