The Allerton Hotel, Chicago: A Michigan Avenue Legacy Since The Roaring Twenties

The rich history of The Allerton Hotel Magnificent Mile begins in the roaring twenties when it opened as a residential “club hotel.” One of the first high-rises on Michigan Avenue, its beautiful Northern Italian Renaissance architecture stood in contrast to the prevalent Georgian and Tudor Revival cityscape.

By the 1940’s, when the famous Tip Top Tap sign was first illuminated, the downtown Chicago historic hotel was known around town as one of the most exciting social hot spots. It gained nationwide attention during the 1950’s when Don McNeil broadcast a popular radio program from the 23rd floor lounge. Famous Hollywood legends like Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Ginger Rogers, and James Stewart were featured guests.

(Photo credit: Allerton Hotel)

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