Early Chicago Hotels

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From their rise in the early 19th century, Chicago's hotels were bustling centers of city life. The Great Fire in October 1871 destroyed all of that. But it also gave the city an opportunity to begin again with a fresh palette of architectural ideas. By the World's Columbian Expositionof 1893, Chicago had built over 1,400 hotels and lodging houses, establishing it as the nation's prime destination for business, conventions, and tourism. Early Chicago Hotels presents more than 200 postcards, inviting the reader to tour the stunning exterior and dazzling interior designs of Chicago's architects. The city's fi rst-class hotels, resorts, and lesser-known second-class hotels—many of which are long gone—are featured. These early hotels set the stage for the great palace hotels of the 1920s.
ISBN: 9780738540412
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
William R. Host and Brooke Ahne Portmann are assistant professors in University College, Roosevelt University, Host in hospitality and tourism management and Portmann in the humanities. A 30-year resident of Hyde Park, site of the 1893 exposition, Host lives among some of the hotels explored here. Portmann's appreciation for hotel hospitality was kindled in her youth while staying with her parents at Chicago's boutique hotels.
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