Chicago’s hotels are special, there are a great mix of nice small boutique hotels and great luxury hotels. So much elegance and luxury in one place and yet there are still places that stand out. One of them being the Blackstone Hotel (636 South Michigan Ave.), which is not only a luxury hotel, it’s a historical landmark. Today (4/29) marks the fifteenth anniversary of the turn-of-the-century hotel being designated as a historical landmark.
The hotel is such a big deal that even the city of Chicago gushes over it by giving it high praise while offering a little historical background. According to the city’s website, Blackstone is “considered the city’s best example of a turn-of-the-century luxury hotel, the Blackstone represents–both its exterior and interior–an excellent and rare example of the Modern French style of Beaux-Arts, (Classic revival) architecture. Built by prominent hoteliers Tracy and John Drake, the Blackstone became known as the “Hotel of Presidents,” serving as host to a dozen U.S. Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy.” The Blackstone is very rich in history so the landmark title is definitely well deserved. I would like to send them a big Happy Anniversary from Haute Living Chicago.
Source: City of Chicago Photo: MishaMedia