Graceland Cemetery in Chicago

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English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ryerson Tomb (1889). This Egyptian Revival style mausoleum is located in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graceland Cemetery is a large, beautifully landscaped cemetery located at 4001 N. Clark Street at Irving in Chicago. It was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan when he purchased the original 80 acres. Graceland is one of three notable 19th century cemeteries which were previously well outside the city limits; the other two being Rosehill and Oak Woods (South of Hyde Park) which includes a major monument to Confederate civil war dead.

Graceland is considered the “Cemetery of Architects” with notables like:

Daniel H. Burnham, William Holabird, John Wellborn Root, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Louis Sullivan, David Adler, George Elmslie, William Le Baron Jenney, Father of the American skyscraper and Bruce Graham, architect of John Hancock building and Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 

Prior to the 1871 Chicago Fire, Lincoln Park was the city’s cemetery. The edge of the pond around Daniel Burnham‘s burial island, was lined with broken headstones after the fire.

Lincoln Park became a recreational area, with a single mausoleum remaining, the “Couch tomb”, containing the remains of Ira Couch. The Couch Tomb is one of oldest structures in the City that wasn’t destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire.

For more information visit: www.gracelandcemetery.org

The cemetery’s walls are topped off with wrought iron spear point fencing. Many of the cemetery’s tombs are of great architectural or artistic interest, including the Getty Tomb, the Martin Ryerson Mausoleum (both designed by architect Louis Sullivan), and the Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum. The industrialist George Pullman was buried at night, in a lead-lined coffin within an elaborately reinforced steel-and-concrete vault, to prevent his body from being exhumed and desecrated by labor activists.

Visit the mausoleum of Potter Palmer and Bertha Honoré Palmer. There are two incredible statues by sculptor Lorado Taft, Eternal Silence for the Graves family plot and The Crusader that marks Victor Lawson‘s final resting place.

The cemetery is also the final resting place of Marshall Field, businessman, retailer, whose memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, with sculpture by Daniel Chester French and several victims of the tragic Iroquois Theater fire in which more than 600 people died.

 

 

 

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English: The Louis Sullivan designed Martin Ryerson Tomb (1889). This Egyptian Revival style mausoleum is located in Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Burnham’ s Vision on the View Path makes Chicago Paris on the Prairie

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White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Administration Building, seen from the Agricultural Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building...

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and adopted by the City in 1905. As such, it is a work authored before 1922, and is therefore in the public domain. A 1895 edition of the seal can be seen here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Millennium Park from the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in 2007, before Legacy Tower was built. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in the park are clearly visible, as well as part of Lurie Garden at right and the McDonald Cycle Center in the left hand corner. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is behind Millennium Park, both are part of the larger Grant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Chicago, United States from the 340 on the Park skyscraper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) was a leading architect and forward thinking urban-planner. He wanted Chicago to become Paris on the Prairie.

 

Burnham and Root were the architects of one of the first American skyscrapers: the Masonic Temple Building in Chicago. It was Measuring 21 stories high at 302 feet. It was torn down in 1939.

Burnham and Root played an integral role in why Chicago looks the way it does today. They accepted the responsibility of overseeing and constructing the Exposition of 1893  to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ famous voyage.

After Root’s sudden death, the plans were radically changed into a Classical Revival style in Jackson Park on the south lake font in Chicago.

Burnham became the Director of Works, and ultimately led the design and construction of  the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Considered the first example of  comprehensive planning  in the nation, the fairground was complete with grand boulevards, classical building facades, and lush gardens. Often called the “White City”, it “popularized neoclassical architecture in a monumental and rational Beaux-Arts plan.” Much of his work was based on the classical style from Rome and Greece.

In 1909 he declared “The Lakefront belongs to the People” and laid out the Burnham plan; his vision for Grant Park that still guides the Park’s evolution.

Initiated in 1906 and published in 1909, Burnham and his co-author Edward H. Bennett prepared “The Plan of Chicago“, which laid out plans for the future of the city. The plan included ambitious proposals for the lakefront and river and declared that every citizen should be within walking distance of a park.

Many plans and conceptual designs of the south lakefront from the Columbian Exposition came in handy. He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie”. French-inspired public works projects, fountains, and boulevards radiating from a central domed municipal building became Chicago’s new backdrop. Burnham is famously quoted as saying, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” This slogan has been taken to capture the essence of Burnham’s spirit.

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You can walk “The View Path” that highlights his plan in a new exhibit at Millennium Park. If you want to stay at a nice hotel in Chicago that was designed by Burnham and Root, head over to The Reliance Building  at 1 W. Washington Street in the Loop. The first floor and basement were designed by John Root of the Burnham and Root architectural firm in 1890, with the rest of the building completed by Charles B. Atwood in 1895. It is the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area. The Reliance Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; and on January 7, 1976, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Stay at the lovely the 122-room Hotel Burnham and dine at the Atwood Cafe.

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The path includes following sites:

Cloudgate

Lurie Garden

Nichols Bridge

Art Institute of Chicago

South Garden

Railway Exchange

Congress Plaza

Congress Parkway Bridge

North President’s Court

Lincoln Statue

Buckingham Fountain

Outdoor Rooms

Lower Hutchinson Field

Lake Michigan Shoreline

Museum Campus

“Burnham View” a new permanent landmark sculpture with a spectacular view of the city and the park

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The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Bu...

The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Building on left, Mines and Mining Building on right.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burnham also designed several notable buildings and skyscrapers in Chicago including:

 

 

 He died in Heidelberg, Germany and the successor firm to Burnham’s practice was Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, which continued in some form until 2006. There is a tribute to Burnham in Burnham Park and Daniel Burnham Court in Chicago.
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Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street skyscrapers in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall.

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, se...

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, seen from the southwest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midway Plaisance, Chicago.

Midway Plaisance, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of John Wellborn Root

Portrait of John Wellborn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chicago SummerDance 2015 in Grant Park

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English: General John A. Logan statue at Grant Park in Chicago, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get off your horse and put on your dancing shoes!

Head over to Grant Park for Chicago Summerdance 2015

Fridays & Saturdays

  • Dance Lessons: 6-7pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm
Sundays

  • Dance Lessons: 4-5pm
  • Live Music & Dancing: 5-7pm

 

Every summer the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!

Information and Resources

Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago SummerDance Map

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  • Free Admission
  • Fridays & Saturdays
    Dance Lessons: 6-7pm
    Music & Dancing: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sundays
    Dance Lessons: 4-5pm
    Music & Dancing: 5-7pm

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It takes two to tango.

Let CTA be your partner to Chicago SummerDance.

June 26 – September 13, 2015 • Spirit of Music Garden • FREE To Everyone

Chicago SummerDance July Schedule

July Schedule

Chicago SummerDance continues in July with Plena Libre, DJ Pierre & PHUTURE, The Golden Horse Ranch Band and more.

Chicago SummerDance September Schedule

September Schedule

Chicago SummerDance comes to a close on September 13th with a performance by DJ Sunny Singh (Bollywood).

Chicago SummerDance - Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information when planning your visit to Chicago SummerDance.

Chicago SummerDance June Schedule

June Schedule

Chicago SummerDance kicks-off in June with Mambo Express, DJ Herb Kent, and the Steve Anthony Orchestra.

Chicago SummerDance August Schedule

August Schedule

Don’t miss performances include, Sons of Susan, Afinca’o, the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and more.

Chicago SummerDance In The Parks

In The Parks

Chicago Park District hosts FREE Chicago SummerDance events on Thursdays, July 9–September 3.

Chicago SummerDance is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Additional support provided by Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department -1st District, 2nd Ward Aldermanic Office, Ald. Brian Hopkins, Chicago Department of Transportation and the Department

 

 

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Chicago’s Tallest Towers Offer Unique Observatories called Tilt and Ledge

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English: Five tallest skyscrapers of Chicago – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. Česky: Pět nejvyšších mrakordapů v Chicagu – 1.Willis Tower, 2.Trump International Hotel & Tower, 3.Aon Center, 4.John Hancock Center, 5.AT&T Corporate Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago as seen from the Chicago river (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, constructed 1928–1930. Français : Le Merchandise Mart, à Chicago, en Illinois (États-Unis). Bâtiment dessiné par Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, et construit entre 1928 et 1930. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago River @ night

Chicago River @ night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On March 4th, 2015, Chicago celebrated her 178th Birthday.

Chicago was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1837 with a population of 4,170 and William B. Ogden was chosen as the first Mayor. Today Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, with around 2.7 million residents led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Grab your camera and meet me downtown.

When Chicago celebrates her  birthday, we painted the town blue!

Some of my favorite Chicago Landmarks are Chicago’s Tallest Towers:

Trump Tower in Chicago, under construction

Trump Tower in Chicago, under construction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: John Hancock Tower as seen from Willis Tower in Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Willis Tower Turn Blue for Chicago’s Birthday

1. The Willis Tower at 233 S. Wacker where you can visit the Ledge.

The Ledge is a glass box extending away from the building that allows visitors to step onto a clear floor and look down.

2. John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan Ave has an observatory called 360 Chicago.

360 Chicago has a new attraction called Tilt where you step out on the 94th floor and are slowly tilted out at a 30 degree angle over the magnificent Chicago skyline. Here’s a video: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/05/07/lean-in-360-chicago-unveils-tilt-at-john-hancock-center/

 

3. The Merchandise Mart at 222. Merchandise Place

4. Union Station at 210 S. Canal

5. Trump Tower at 401 N. Wabash

6. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Building will say “175” in lights

Blue Cross Blue Shield Building for Chicago’s 175th Birthday

7. The buildilng at 150 N. Michigan will display “Chicago 176″.

 

Chicago’s Blue Birthday Celebration

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Chicago 175 Sep 10 2011

Chicago 175 Sep 10 2011 (Photo credit: bdcoen)

English: Comparison of skyscrapers in Chicago

English: Comparison of skyscrapers in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chicago’s Gothic Revival Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue

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English: Wrigley Building clock tower and Tribune Tower from Sixteen at Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Nathan Hale statue outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tribune Tower is a Gothic Revival It is listed as a Chicago Landmark and contributing to the Michigan–Wacker Historic District located at 435 North Michigan Avenue. It is the home of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company.

 

On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune hosted an international design competition for its new headquarters. They offered $100,000 in prize money with a $50,000 1st prize for “the most beautiful and distinctive office building in the world”. More than 260 entries were received.

The winner was a neo-Gothic design by New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, with buttresses near the top.

 

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English: photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Chicago Tribune (year: ????) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Downtown Chicago, Illinois at night. The small building on the left was demolished for Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago

The Gothic Revival Tribune Tower in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Chicago Tribune building

Chicago Tribune building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrig...

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Wrigley Building, left; Tribune Tower, right (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Tribune Building Chicago.

Tribune Building Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Nathan Hale statue outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois (JPEG format 9x faster than PNG format) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Bust portion of Nathan Hale statue outside the Chicago Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois (file: fast/resizing JPEG format) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

foot of Magnificent Mile

foot of Magnificent Mile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Detail of Tribune Tower, Chicago

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Prior to the building of the Tribune Tower, correspondents for the Chicago Tribune brought back rocks and bricks from a variety of historically important sites throughout the world at the request of Colonel McCormick. Many of these reliefs have been incorporated into the lowest levels of the building and are labeled with their location of origin. Stones included in the wall are from such sites as the Trondheim Cathedral, Taj Mahal, Clementine Hall, the Parthenon, Hagia Sophia, Corregidor Island, Palace of Westminster, petrified wood from the Redwood National and State Parks, the Great Pyramid, The Alamo, Notre-Dame, Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, the Great Wall of China, Independence Hall, Fort Santiago, the Berlin Wall, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Srei among others. There are 136 fragments in the building.

 

 

 

On April 11, 2006 the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum opened, occupying two stories of the building.

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The Legendary Palmer House Hilton in Chicago

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Self-Portrait, Spring 1887, Oil on pasteboard, 42 × 33.7 cm., Art Institute of Chicago (F 345). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my favorite hotels in the world is the legendary Palmer House Hilton in Chicago at 17 East Monroe. I love the Lobby Bar, the Lockwood Restaurant and Potter's on the lobby level. My parents always took me to Trader Vic's when I was younger but unfortunately that restaurant is now closed.

There have been three Palmer House Hotels at the corner of State and Monroe Streets in Chicago, Illinois. The story of downtown Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton is imbued with a story tale romance. Potter Palmer was a Quaker, Chicago business magnate. He succeeded in a number of notable business endeavors and had a significant role in the development of downtown Chicago’s iconic State Street. Bertha Honore, 23 years Potter’s junior, was a wealthy socialite. Potter’s former business partner, Marshall Field, introduced Potter to Bertha. This sparked a romance and eventual engagement which lead to one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time, Palmer House. Bertha Honoré married the Chicago millionaire Potter Palmer in 1870. She was twenty-one and he was forty-four. The wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré opened on September 26, 1871. Initially known as “The Palmer”,  it was one of the most luxurious hotels in Chicago. Unfortunately, it burned down just thirteen days after the grand opening on October 9, 1871 in the Great Chicago Fire.

The devastating fire didn’t deter Potter; he was determined to rebuild his hotel and secured a $1.7 million signature loan. This was the largest individual loan ever secured at the time. Potter Palmer constructed one of the most luxurious hotels in post-fire Chicago. On November 8, 1873, the new Palmer House welcomed its first guests, marking the opening of what would become the nation’s longest continually operating hotel. “The Palmer House was cloaked with garnet-draped chandeliers, Louis Comfort Tiffany masterpieces, and a breathtaking ceiling fresco by French painter Louis Pierre Rigal. The fresco was described by columnist George Will as a wonderful protest of romance against the everydayness of life.” By the turn of the century, the Palmer House had become Chicago’s liveliest social center, hosting a long list of prominent figures—including those ranging from U.S. presidents to Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde.

Designed by architect John M. Van Osdel, the second Palmer House Hotel was seven stories. “Its amenities included massive rooms, luxurious decor, and sumptuous meals served in grand style. The floor of its barber shop was reputedly tiled with silver dollars.” Constructed mainly of iron and brick, the hotel was widely advertised as, “The World’s Only Fire Proof Hotel.”

Famous visitors included presidential hopefuls James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley; writers Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, and Oscar Wilde; and actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanora Duse. It was completed in 1875.

By the 1920s, the business in downtown Chicago could support a much larger facility and the Palmer Estate decided to erect a new 25-story hotel. They hired Holabird & Roche to design the building. Between 1923 and 1925, the hotel was rebuilt on the same site in stages so not a single day of business was lost. At the time it was touted as the largest hotel in the world.

In 1933, the Golden Empire Dining Room of Palmer House was converted into an entertainment epicenter. It hosted legendary entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, and Liberace.

In December 1945, Conrad Hilton bought the Palmer House for $20 million. In 2005, it was sold to Thor Equities, but it remains part of the Hilton chain. From 2007 to 2009 the hotel, now known as The Palmer House Hilton, was completely renovated and restored, at a cost of over $170 Million. It has a total of 1,639 guest rooms in the hotel, making it the second largest hotel in the city after the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The Palmers were enthusiastic art collectors. They depended on the advise of curator Sarah Hallowell, a Philadelphia Quaker. In 1873, Hallowell was curating a loan exhibition of the latest French art for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. She introduced the Palmers to the painters in Paris and made them keenly aware of the latest artistic trends in the French capital. Shortly after befriending Claude Monet in France, Bertha Palmer began decorating the Palmer House with paintings and other pieces inspired by her French heritage.

In the years leading up to the Columbian Exposition, they became clients of the Parisian dealer Paul Durand-Ruel and began to collect French Impressionist works. The couple eventually accumulated the largest collection of impressionist art outside of France. The unrivaled Palmers collection of Impressionist paintings included twenty-nine Monets and eleven Renoirs. These works now form the core of the Art Institute of Chicago‘s incredible Impressionist collection. Hallowell also tried to get the Palmers interested in Auguste Rodin‘s work, which he had loaned her for the Columbian Exposition. “The frankness of his nudes had caused a stir at the fair and after resisting for a number of months”. Eventually, works by Rodin entered the Palmer collection; these were among the first acquired by American collectors. In 1905, Hallowell finally convinced Mrs. Palmer to sit for Rodin.

 

 

Palmer Castle Chicago

Palmer Castle Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Durand-Ruel, 1910

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Durand-Ruel, 1910 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bertha Palmer’s Paris evening gown from 1911 can be admired at the Chicago History Museum.

Made of Silk satin, floss, crystal beads, rhinestones and metallic lace. It is a gift of the Art Institute of Chicago. 1960.

Title Dress
Artists/Makers Weeks (designer)
Place of Origin Paris (France)
Date 1911
Physical Description Dress, evening-style, of off white silk satin. V-shaped neckline in front and back; Brussels lace yoke also visible. Bodice is completely covered in floral silk floss embroidery, trimmed with metallic lace, studded with rhinestones, and beaded. Bodice has a high waist, and short sleeves of Brussels lace. The skirt is embroidered at the center front in similar way as the bodice. Attached train extends from bottom back edge of the skirt; train has squared hem. Self-fabric petticoat with pleated ruffle at hem.
Materials/Techniques silk (fiber)
There are other objects that Bertha wore on display at the Chicago History Museum.

 

The Palmer House Hilton

The Palmer House Hilton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Exterior view showing the ladies entrance to the Palmer House Hotel at 150 South State Street in the Chicago Loop area, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago's Palmer House Lobby

 

English: Photo of Potter Palmer I (1826-1902)

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Here are some interesting events for you to enjoy at the Palmer House:

The Palmer House Hilton

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The Palmer House Hilton is proud to be a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels.

History is Hott at the Palmer House Hilton!!

Palmer House Hilton’s “History is Hott” Tour is the winner of the 2013 Illinois Meetings & Event’s Editor’s Pick for the Best City Tour and is led by Palmer House’s history extraordinaire Ken Price, named best historian of 2014 by Historic Hotels of America.

This interactive luncheon and tour series is presented by Director of Public Relations, Ken Price, a 32-year resident historian of the property. The historic luncheon and tour begins at 12:00 p.m. with lunch inside Lockwood, the property’s modern American fare restaurant. A prix-fixe menu will be prepared featuring a starter and entrée along with the hotel’s world-famous brownie serving as the ideal accompaniment for the tour afterwards. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with each other prior to the tour.

After lunch, guests will meet Ken at 1:30pm for approximately 1 hour and 30 minute presentation in the historic hotel’s museum. Following the lecture Ken will navigate guests through the hotel highlighting the art-deco lobby, grand ballrooms, and vintage artifacts showcased throughout the famed property. These sites aren’t typically open to the public, so guests on the tour will have an exclusive insider view. Please allow yourself approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes for this portion of the tour. At the conclusion of the tour participants will each receive a treat that embodies the true spirit of the hotel.

Lunch and tour reservations are $65 per person* and need to be made 24-hours in advance. Tour is also available without lunch at $40 per person*. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday and are subject to availability.”

*Does not include tax and gratuity

For individual History is Hott Reservations call 312.917.3404.

For group pricing please contact Allison Watson at 312.917.1764 or allison.watson@hilton.com.

History is Hott Prix Fixe Menu

 You can also indulge in Afternoon Tea at the Palmer House Hilton daily from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., afternoon tea service is available. “Enjoy a classic teatime in the famed lobby of The Palmer House Hilton. Prices are set at $40 for adults and $20 for children and will include an assortment of teas, gourmet sandwiches, pastries and petit fours.”

Afternoon Tea Menu

Kid’s Afternoon Tea Menu

Reservations are required and must be made 24 hours in advance. Reserve by calling (312) 917-3404.

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Get Tickets for Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park 2015 before they Sell Out

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Frank Gehry – Pritzker, from across Michigan Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Get tickets for Chicago’s Premier culinary event!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-gourmet-2015-presented-by-bon-appetit-tickets-14325033561

This weekend epicurean affair showcases more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs,  renowned wineries, spirit makers and premium breweries. It also features dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.

Chicago Gourmet

September 25 – 27, 2015

Chicago Gourmet is a premium food and wine event with 100 chefs, cooking demonstrations, beer and food pavilions, and wine tastings in Millennium Park.

Specific questions regarding ticket sales may be directed to info@chicagogourmet.org.

Chicago Gourmet
September 25-27, 2015

CHEFS

Rodelio Aglibot, Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor
Louie Alexakis, Avli Estiatorio
Jimmy Bannos, Heaven On Seven/The Purple Pig
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig
Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO
Duncan Biddulph, Kinmont
Greg Biggers, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Robert Blanchard, Norman’s Bistro
Mark Brand, 720 Bar & Grill
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Aaron Browning, Tavernita
Karyn Calabrese, Karyn’s Fresh Corner/ Karyn’s Cooked/ Karyn’s on Green
Niall Campbell, Firefly Grill
Homaro Cantu, Moto/iNG Restaurant
Billy Caruso, III Forks
Arturo Carvallo, Hash House a Go Go
Edgar Castaneda, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina
Tony Castillo, Longitud 315
Kostas Chaidaropoulos, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi
Sandy Chen, Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
John Chiakulas, Beatrix
Steve Chiappetti, J. Rocco Italian Table and Bar
Christine Cikowski, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Peter Coenen, The Gage
John Coletta, Quartino
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice
Shaun Connelly, LUXBAR
Judy Contino, Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe
Fernando Coppola, IPO
Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
Abel Cortes, e.leaven Food Company
Timothy Cottini, FORK
Chris Cubberely, Cité
Thai Dang, Embeya
Jess DeGuzman, Sunda New Asian
Peter DeRuvo, Francesca’s Restaurant
Frederick Despres, Arami
Rohini Dey, Vermilion
Adam Dittmer, Bistro Campagne
Lamont Donley, Uncommon Ground on Clark
Joseph Doppes, Bistro Margot
Puje Dorlig, Jellyfish
Amanda Downing, Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar
Stephen Dunne, Paramount Room
David Dworshak, Takito Kitchen
Mitch Einhorn, Twisted Spoke/Lush Wine & Spirits
Graham Elliot, graham elliot/g.e.b.
Gregory Ellis, 2 Sparrows
Nelson Erazo, Adamus
Jaysen Euler, Davanti Enoteca
Sophie Evanoff, Vanille Patisserie
Joe Farina, Rosebud Restaurants/Rosebud Steakhouse/Joe Fish
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Dirk Flanigan, Il Coniglio
Jonathan Fox, Firecakes
Jo-Marie Frigo, Nonna Santi’s Biscotti
Dirk and Terry Fucik, Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop
John Gatsos, Tavern on Rush
Chris Gawronski, Henri
Carlos Gaytan, Mexique
Tim Graham, Travelle
Mark Grosz, Oceanique
Mike Hernandez, ZED451
Sandra Holl, Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Tony Hu, Lao Sze Chuan
Riley Huddleston, I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Stephanie Izard, Girl & The Goat/Little Goat
Eric Jorgensen, Little Market Brasserie
Paul Katz, Old Town Pour House
Tom Kenny, Mike Ditka’s Chicago
Brian Key, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago
Jeremy Kiens, Nana
Ryan Kikkert, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Shigeru Kitano, SUSHISAMBA rio
Michael Kornick, MK The Restaurant/Ada Street/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Josh Kulp, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Thomas Lents, Sixteen
Chris Macchia, The Florentine
Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse Craft Tavern
Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast
Joshua Marrelli, The CHOP SHOP
Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King
Shawn McClain, Green Zebra/ Sage Restaurant
Steve McDonagh, Spritz Burger
Michael McDonald, Mercadito Hospitality/Tavernita
Terese McDonald, Candyality
Charlie McKenna, Lillie’s Q
Kevin McMullen, Brixton
Gray McNally, The Tortoise Club
Masaharu Morimoto, Japonais by Morimoto
Cory Morris, Mercat a la planxa
Sam Netter, Real Urban Barbecue
Megan Neubeck, Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago
Victor Newgren, SideDoor
Martial Noguier, Bistronomic/Troquet River North/Brasserie by LM
Mitsu Nozaki, Henri/ The Gage
Leigh Omilinsky, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Terry Opalek and Michael Frontier, Terry’s Toffee
Oscar Ornelas, Cité
Dan Pancake, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Beth Partridge, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Donald Penza, MUNICIPAL BAR + DINING CO.
Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant
Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due
Doug Psaltis, Bub City/Three Dots and a Dash
Adam Puskorius, Eddie V’s
Devon Quinn, Paramount Events Chicago
Jose Ramirez, Kinzie Chophouse
Tigist Reda, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Kennon Reed, Cantina Laredo
Cardel Reid, The Signature Room at the 95th
Michael Dean Reynolds, Bread & Wine
Mark Rimkus, Flo & Santos
Matt Riordan, Saigon Sisters
Evan Rondeau, Uncommon Ground on Devon
Joseph Rose, Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Patrick Russ, The Dawson
Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s Thai Restaurant
Patricio Sandoval, Mercadito/Mercadito Counter
Jonathon Sawyer, Trentina
Zoë Schor, Ada Street
Tony Scruggs, Old Crow Smokehouse
Nathan Sears, The Radler
Mindy Segal, HotChocolate
Tommy Sheean, The Drawing Room
Michael Sheerin, CICCHETTI
Patrick Sheerin, Trenchermen
Bruce Sherman, North Pond
Dan Smith, Spritz Burger
Joaquin Soler, Smalls. Smoke Shack & More
Jose Sosa, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville
Travis Strickland, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Kristine Subido, Pecking Order
Michael Tsonton, MH Fish House
Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte/Old Town Social/Leghorn
Tom Van Lente, TWO Restaurant & Bar
Chico Vilchez, Nacional 27
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant/Vie
Randy Waidner, Gibsons Restaurant Group
Scott Walton, Howells & Hood
John Wayne Formica, E + O Food and Drink
Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen
Christine Welch, The Coffeecake Connection Co.
Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle/Dusek’s Board & Beer/Punch House
Justin White, SmallBar Division
Erick Williams, MK The Restaurant/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Marc Wuenschel, Hutch
Alvaro Zamudio, Kinzie Chophouse
Jose Zetina, Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia
Bob Zrenner, Hubbard Inn

 

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

WHEN: Chicago Gourmet 2014 will be hosted in Millennium Park, Sept 26-28, 2014

For more information visit:

http://www.ChicagoGourmet.org
http://www.twitter.com/chicago_gourmet
http://www.youtube.com/CHIGourmet

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritag...

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritage at Millennium Park (right) from Randolph Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nomi chef

312 Chicago's Chef Luca Corazzina

312 Chicago’s Chef Luca Corazzina

Quartino Restaurant in Chicago

Quartino Restaurant’s Chef in Chicago

Chicago is an international culinary mecca for foodies. There are many rising stars like Jimmy Bannos Jr. , a third generation Chicago restaurant owner and Chef. Here’s a video of the 2011 Chicago Gourmet Festival http://youtu.be/LiB0O2Y_A_g

Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago

I love the Millennium Park venue that was dedicated by Mayor Richard Daley in July of 2004 as a gift to the people of Chicago. We take every opportunity to use this incredible open-air facility!

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The extraordinary event promotes Chicago’s impressive world-class food and wine community. Last year there was a Grand Cru Wine event at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

Chicago Gourmet 2011 Grand Cru Event

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Forget about dieting during the weekend event or between August 20th until the event begins. There will be 140 chefs participating in the three-day event with plenty of wine-tasting opportunities; as well as a “Dine Around” promotion. Some of the restaurants in my “Rush Street” video  participate in “Chicago Gourmet“.

Here’s a short Video of some of my favorite restaurants on Rush Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

Some of the participating movers and shakers include Chicago’s culinary gurus, Chicago chefs, master sommeliers and extraordinary wine makers.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The Chicago Gourmet Event “aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent”.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago’s Michelin Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2011

I LOVE Dine around!!

Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around

The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From Tuesday, August 20, 2013 through Friday, September 20, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.
Please check back for more information about 2013 redemption instructions.

Earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet

From August 20th through September 20th, dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prix-fixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35.
Rules and detailed redemption information are coming soon. This offer is NOT applicable to the Hamburger Hop.

2013 participating Dine Around restaurants:

2 Sparrows Restaurant

312 Chicago Allium at The Four Seasons

Argent Restaurant

Autre Monde Cafe

Avli Estiatorio

Balena

Big Jones

Bistronomic

Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Browntrout

Bull & Bear

Café des Architects at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Courtright’s Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca

Deca Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

E+O Food and Drink

Embeya Epic

Firecakes

Firefly Grill

Francesca’s Restaurant

Frontier Green Zebra

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Hearty

Henri

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville

Ill Forks

Keefer’s Restaurant

Kinzie Chophouse

Lao Sze Chuan

Le Colonial

Level 2 Restaurant at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Little Market Brasserie LM Restaurant Group

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

Markethouse Restaurant & Bar
May St. Cafe
Mercadito
Mercat a la Planxa
Mexique
Nacional 27
Nellcôte
NoMI Kitchen
Oceanique Restaurant
Old Town Social
Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Piccolo Sogno
Piccolo Sogno Due

Prasino – Wicker Park
Prosecco
Public House
Q-BBQ
Quartino
Quay Restaurant & Bar
Real Urban Barbecue
Rickshaw Republic
RL Restaurant
Rushing Waters Fisheries & Trout House
Saigon Sisters
Siena Tavern
South Water Kitchen
Tavern on Rush
Telegraph
The Berghoff
The Bristol
The Florentine
The Gage
The Grill on the Alley
The Metropolitan Club
Uncommon Ground on Clark
Uncommon Ground on Devon
Untitled
Zocalo

The Bon Appétitand Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From August 20th to September 20th, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Go get your special receipt folder and and start “Dining Around” today. Dine in 5 participating restaurants from the list and save your receipts in your special folder. The folder has a list of all participating restaurants. Then redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet Ticket at the “Dine Around Redemption” Registration Booth on the day of the event.

This offer is not applicable to the Hamburger Hop. Last year, we started our Dine Around Journey at Gibson’s on Rush and ordered the Salmon and Filet. We love dining outside at this popular Rush Street Restaurant.

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson's on Rush in Chicago

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson’s on Rush in Chicago

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson’s on Rush Street

We also went to Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush and ordered the incredible antipasto platter with some linguini with clam and an order of ravioli with pesto sauce. I had a margarita that was out of this world. Then we had a bottle of Frog’s Leap wine. I am never disappointed at this restaurant!

Linguini at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Antipasto at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog's Leap Cab at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog’s Leap Cab at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Excellent WIne List at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Chicago Gourmet Map 2011

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Buon Appetito!

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Grant Park is a 319 Acre Urban Oasis in Chicago

Chicago Downtown Panorama, By Marcin Klapczyns...

Chicago Downtown Panorama, By Marcin Klapczynski, 2004. opened by author as GNU FDL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: View of Chicago, United States from the 340 on the Park skyscraper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Art Institute of Chicago Maim Buildin...

English: Art Institute of Chicago Maim Building from across Michigan Avenue from the North (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: Michigan Avenue, outside the Art Inst...

English: Michigan Avenue, outside the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Grant Park is a 319 acre urban oasis in downtown Chicago. Originally known as Lake Park it was renamed in 1901 to honor Ulysses S. Grant. Grant Park is the home of many Chicago attractions including: Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. It is bordered on the north by Randolph Street, on the south by Roosevelt Road and McFetridge Drive, on the west by Michigan Avenue and on the east by Lake Michigan.

The park contains performance venues, gardens, outdoor sculptures and harbor facilities. It hosts many annual events and festivals: The Taste of Chicago the Grant Park Music Festival; Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival. It is also the site of the start and finish lines of the Chicago MarathonLollapalooza is also held in Grant Park.

Championship celebrations were staged here for the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s, and the Chicago Blackhawks after Stanley Cup victories. In 2015, Grant Park hosted the first outdoor National Football League (NFL) draft and a related festival.

Grant Park has served as a venue for many historic events in Chicago: it was the staging ground for the city’s funeral procession for Abraham Lincoln. Pope John Paul II celebrated an outdoor mass to a large crowd here in 1979. The park was the location for President Barack Obama’s Election Day victory speech on the night of November 4, 2008.

The park’s area has been expanded several times through land reclamation, In the early 20th century, Grant Park was expanded with landfill and was blessed with a  formal landscape design by Edward Bennett. More landfill in the 1910s and 1920s provided sites for the current Museum Campus which houses: the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and Shedd Aquarium. In 2004, a section of Grant Park, previously occupied by Illinois Central railyards and parking lots, was covered and redeveloped as magnificent Millennium Park.

 

 

Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as seen ...

Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as seen from the Sears Tower in 1981. The rail yards and parking lot became Millennium Park, Richard J. Daley Bicenntennial Plaza is beyond with tennis courts and white squares. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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The Magnificent Hilton Chicago Hotel and Towers overlooks Grant Park

English: Art Institute of Chicago Maim Buildin...

English: Art Institute of Chicago Maim Building from across Michigan Avenue from the North (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground...

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago

English: Fountain and garden in Grant Park Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

The magnificent  Hilton Chicago Hotel and Towers on the 720 South Michigan Avenue was designed by Holabird and Roche in the mid-1920s as a 3000 room hotel. It was originally the Stevens Hotel. The hotel opened in 1927.

Holabird & Root was founded in 1880. Beginning with the Tacoma Building (completed 1889; demolished 1929), their first major commission, and the Marquette Building (1895) where they are currently located. The firm became well known for its groundbreaking Chicago School skyscrapers and lavish hotels. They also designed Chicago’s Palmer House.

The original founders, William Holabird and Ossian Cole Simonds, worked in the office of William LeBaron Jenney. They set up their own independent practice, Holabird & Simonds, in 1880 when they took on the project for an extension to Graceland Cemetery.

 

Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by ni...

Chicago River and Michigan Avenue bridge by night. On the right the new Trump Hotel towers the river, to the left the two level Wacker Drive can be seen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois as seen from t...

Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois as seen from the 10th floor of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park in Chicag...

Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The 25 story building has a French classical exterior, a Grand Ballroom and Grand Stair Hall. It originally had an 18 hole rooftop golf course. It overlooks Grant Park and Michigan Avenue with 1,544 guest rooms and suites. It is the third-largest hotel in Chicago by number of guest rooms but it has the largest total meeting and event space of any Chicago hotel. The hotel has housed every president of the United States since its opening in 1927.

 

The Hilton Hotel at 720 South Michigan Avenue ...

The Hilton Hotel at 720 South Michigan Avenue between East 8th Street and East Balbo Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hotel is a Chicago landmark that overlooks 319 acre Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus.  Grant Park is often called “Chicago’s front yard.” The Hotel is located in the heart of “Chicago’s Cultural Mile” from the Chicago River to Roosevelt Road on Michigan Avenue. This historic area includes landmark-designated buildings and major cultural institutions: the Field Museum, the Fine Arts Building, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center,  the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Auditorium Theater. The portion of Michigan Avenue opposite Grant Park is the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District ,the home of many historic early skyscrapers

Visit: www.chicagoculturalmile.org

There are also private clubs: The Chicago Club at 81 E. Van Buren, The University Club of Chicago at 76 East Monroe and The Cliff Dwellers Club at 200 South Michigan on the 22nd floor for professional artists and people who support the arts.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

 

English: Garden south of Congress Parkway near...

English: Garden south of Congress Parkway near Michigan Avenue and Theodore Thomas memorial in Grant Park Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Hilton Chicago ballroom lobby.

English: The Hilton Chicago ballroom lobby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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