During the past year, The History Factory has enjoyed the privilege of working with CME Group, the world’s largest futures and derivatives exchange. When the Chicago Mercantile Exchange merged with the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and its downtown neighbor, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), The History Factory was called upon to weave the rich heritage of these three partners into unified narratives.

A series of stories emerged—built upon the “common ground” shared by these three companies and their revolutionary advancements in the areas of agriculture, energy, and financial futures instruments, as well as broader themes like technological leadership and risk management.

These stories were then chronicled in a comprehensive corporate exhibit project, installed recently on the Executive Floor of the CME Group building on South Wacker Drive. In collaboration with CME Group executives, the exhibits—designed and produced by The History Factory’s Steven Szymanski, Andy Babb, Damion Boulden, and Adam Nemett—were recently profiled by First Business News, as narrated by CME Group CEO Craig Donohue.

All images, artifacts and stories in the spot curated and developed by The History Factory.