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Architecturally imposing, historically rich, and socially important, Chicago's magnificent grand hotels have fascinated generations of Chicagoans and have pleased generations of guests. The Palmer House Hilton, The Drake, and The Hilton Chicago have come to represent a collective formal living room for Chicago, where the city's most important visitors are accommodated, entertained, and made aware of the grandeur and sophistication of their host's hometown. They were built to inspire awe--and still do for anyone fortunate enough to find themselves in the lobby of The Palmer House Hilton, The Palm Court of The Drake, or the Grand Ballroom of The Hilton Chicago.
Many of the most famous locales in these classic structures have been transformed or have disappeared altogether due to changing times. Gone, for example, is The Hilton Chicago's famous rooftop miniature golf course and Boulevard Room supper club, complete with its ice shows. Gone, too, is The Drake's legendary supper club, the Camellia House. While the Empire Room of The Palmer House Hilton continues to exist as an function room, it no longer reverberates with the sound of Liberace's piano or Jimmy Durante's vocals, as it did when it was the city's premier entertainment facility. Chicago's Grand Hotels chronicles over 100 years of Chicago hotel history through vivid photographs and memorabilia from the archives of The Palmer House Hilton, The Drake, and The Hilton Chicago. It tells the compelling story of the visionary architects and hoteliers who brought these hotels to life and made them structural testaments to the warmth of midwestern hospitality.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||9.74(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Author Robert V. Allegrini is currently regional director of public relations for Hilton's Central Division, overseeing public relations activities of The Palmer House Hilton, The Drake, and The Hilton Chicago, as well as numerous other Hilton properties. Long active in Italian American civic affairs, Allegrini was made a knight by Italy's Prince Victor Emmanuel in 1990 and a knight commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by Italy's president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2003.
Table of Contents
|1||The First and Second Palmer Houses||9|
|2||The Third and Current Palmer House||19|
|3||The Drake 1920-1960||57|
|4||The Drake 1960-2005||79|
|6||The Conrad Hilton, Chicago Hilton and Towers, and Hilton Chicago||109|