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Christopher Kennedy
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RIC Womens Board president Michelle Smead, Merchandise Mart president Christopher Kennedy and Sheila Kennedy at the 2009 Preview of the Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair in Chicago. Photo: Dan Rest

Christopher G. Kennedy is president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

Kennedy earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston College in 1986 and a master's of management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University in 1994.

Christopher G. Kennedy is the son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy and is the eighth of their eleven children. He currently resides in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sheila Kennedy, and children Katherine, Christopher Jr., Sarah and Clare.

Kennedy was named president of MMPI in October 2000. He began his career with MMPI as a research analyst in 1987.  In 1988, he was promoted to director of the Architectural Products Division of The Merchandise Mart and earned promotions to vice president in 1991 and executive vice president in 1994. Kennedy is involved with several companies.  He sits on the board of directors of Ariel Mutual Funds and serves on the board of directors of the Interface Floor Covering Company.


Kennedy is active in numerous nonprofit groups as well. He is the treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and serves on the board of directors of the Catholic Theological Union and the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. He is the past chairman of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, and is a former chairman of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Additionally, he served on the boards of Citizens Energy Corporation, El Valor Agency, the Heartland Alliance, Children's Memorial Hospital, the Irish Fellowship Club, the Center for Disability and Elder Law, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Council on Economic Education. 

Chris also is involved in numerous civic organizations in Chicago, including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the City Club of Chicago, the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and The Commercial Club of Chicago.

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1.Bernadette Keller
2.Michelle Smead
3.Sheila Kennedy
4.William Daley
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1.Image Gallery: Art Institute Modern Wing Opening Gala
2.Calendar: Liberation Programs Inc. - Second Annual Spirit of Hope Benefit
3.Image Gallery: Merchandise Mart 2009 Antiques Fair Preview Party
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