InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago

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Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
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InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Formerly:The Continental Hotel
Formerly:Medinah Athletic Club

505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Near North Side 60611
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Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Hotel rooms: 867
Timeline
  • 1989: This building was bought by Inter-Continental Hotels.
  • 1990: This building reopened as The Hotel Inter-Continental. Later, Inter-Continental made the south tower the InterContinental Hotel, and the north tower The Forum Hotel. Eventually it was decided that having two adjoined hotels wasn't working, so they were unified into a single two-tower InterContinental Hotel.
  • December, 2007: The TV quiz show Jeopardy mentions the whale mural on the east side of this building in one of its questions. Unfortunately, by then the whale mural had been covered up by the construction of the Avenue East condo block.
  • December, 2012: A man climbed onto the roof of this building and fell down its chimney. He later died at the hospital. His girlfriend told police he wanted to take a picture.
Notes
  • The tower-like structure near the onion dome was once used as a blimp mooring. It was later an observation deck. It is now closed to the public.
Did You Know?
  • The building's original ammenities included a miniature golf course, and a shooting range.
Look For
  • Egyptian and Assyrian reliefs on the lower facade, depicting the origins of the Freemasons.
  • The turret and onion dome. The dome is mostly empty except for a spiral staircase leading to a very small observatory at the very top, which is closed to the public.
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