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On the Shelf: Chicago's Grand Hotels
- 02/09/2006

ABC 7 Chicago

Stunning vintage images from the past 125 years are captured in Chicago's Grand Hotels, the newest book in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing.
Don your tuxes and formal gowns as you dine and dance through history in three of Chicago's most beloved grand hotels. Author Robert Allegrini chronicles Chicago's rich grand 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.
The book was published to coincide with the 85th anniversary of The Drake which occurred on New Year's Eve 2005.

Chicago's Grand Hotels:

Reveals how much of Chicago's most noteworthy and memorable social, cultural and political history has unfolded within the city's grand hotels
Discusses how Chicago's grand hotels in making the city the convention capital of the country
Reveals how The Palmer House, The Drake and The Hilton Chicago constitute a "collective formal living room" for the city, playing host to its most distinguished visitors
Recalls the "golden era" of Chicago's hotel supper clubs and tells the history of the legendary Empire Room, Boulevard Room and Camellia House supper clubs
Focuses on how each of Chicago's grand hotels has contributed to the city's rich architectural history
Recounts the numerous hotel innovations that were first implemented in "Chicago's Grand Hotels" Author Robert V. Allegrini is currently regional director of public relations for Hilton's Central Division, overseeing public relations activities for the Palmer House Hilton, The Drake, and The Hilton Chicago, as well as numerous other Hilton properties. His interest in Chicago's Grand Hotels derives from serving for nearly two decades in various marketing related positions at several of Chicago's most noteworthy hotels.

Chicago's Grand Hotels ($26.99, Arcadia Publishing) is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, on-line bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.






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