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Note that the 5th Floor Visitor Gallery is closed to the public but open to tour reservations.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

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  • On October 17, 2006, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. announced the purchase of the Chicago Board of Trade for $8 billion in stock, rejoining the two financial institutions as CME Group, Inc.
  • On October 7, 2008, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. announced that it will be teaming up with Citadel LLC to create a transparent electronic trading platform for credit default swaps.
  • Operating virtually around the clock, today the CME Globex trading system, proposed in 1987 and introduced in 1992 as the first global electronic trading platform for futures contracts, is the heart of CME Chicago.
  • CME Chicago continues to be a leading player in the Chicago Stock Exchange.

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One Of The World's Leaders For Trading Futures

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Features: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) is the largest futures exchange in the United States and the second largest exchange in the world for the trading of futures and options on futures. Futures and options provide a way to protect against — and profit from — price changes in financial instruments and physical commodities. Chicago CME has four major product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. CME Chicago is vital to the infrastructure of global finance. The products — futures and options on futures — help commercial enterprises worldwide manage price risks related to the uncertainties of supply and demand. 

In March 2004, CME Chicago opened its new, state-of-the-art Visitors Center and Gift Shop on the lobby level to highlight the exchange's position in the world's marketplace. Here, the exchange's history, artifacts and trading foundation blend in with interactive kiosks and videos to help viewers understand the origins of the futures industry and how it influences the world economy. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday and is free to the public.

Why We Go: Whether you are interested in making some money, or just learning how futures trading works, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. is the place to go.  With their friendly atmosphere and free, informational Visitors Center, you will learn everything you need to know about the trading of futures.

  • Visitors Center: The Visitors Center is located in the lobby and guides visitors through the history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. as well as the development of the futures industry and its affect on the world economy.
  • Gift Shop: There is a gift shop also on the lobby level where visitors can purchase souvenirs to remember their experience at Chicago CME.
  • Tours: Tours on the 5th floor Visitors Gallery are open to reservations, and are great for government officials, exchange officers, market participants, high school and university field trip groups, and city tour organizations.  To make a reservation for a group tour at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., fill out a reservation form, which can be found on their website.

Inside Knowledge: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. conducts trading on two methods, one being the "open outcry" system.  This method of trading from the pits can be seen in the film, Wall Street, where the use of hand signals developed in the 1970s make for accurate and efficient trading.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Check their Website: Their website contains constantly updated information regarding the Visitors Center, and also has a reservation form which you can fill out to reserve a tour in the 5th floor gallery, not open to the public.
  • Do Bring Your Kids: Your children will enjoy watching floor traders call out orders to buy and sell in the open outcry method in the CME Chicago's amphitheater-like pits.
  • Don't Eat Before You Visit: Rivers is a great restaurant located in the lobby of the Merc, and not only does it offer delicious food and a waterside Ambience, it is very reasonable.  Perfect for lunch or dinner, dine with business partners or family.
  • Don't Take Photos Inside: Photography, videography and use of cell phones are strictly prohibited in the 5th floor Visitor Gallery.