The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is considering building a bond-financed 20,000-seat assembly hall adjacent to the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

Mariana Knittle, the authority's spokeswoman, said a study is under way to determine whether a printing plant near the convention center can be converted into a amphitheater. The current occupant, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, plans to vacate.

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