A south Michigan Avenue hotel built to accommodate trade-show attendees and passengers and the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1960s has achieved preliminary landmark designation. The designation includes protection of the large, rooftop sign.
While the building, designed by A. Epstein & Sons, was included in the Michigan Avenue landmark district it was classified as a non-contributing structure. The decision by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to protect the building paves the way for a new plan that will restore this Mid-Century Modern hotel, however it’s adjacent parking structure, just visible to the left of the hotel in this photo, will be demolished and replaced by a large, residential tower.
Preservation Chicago applauds the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and staff for recognizing this work of Mid-Century architecture that will now be preserved for future generations.