InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago

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Photo of InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois
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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
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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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There are three comments.

  I spent a lot of time in Chicago during the late 1970's and early 1980's. Was this called the Sheraton-Chicago during that period? I remember older, tiny hotel rooms in the tower that featured a room-door with a cavity to leave a suit to be cleaned and pressed, yet not be disturbed by staff picking it up or dropping it off. Obviously from another human era, but one of luxury.

Dan Bauman - Friday, March 27th, 2015 @ 5:04pm  

  I am a lifelong Chicagoan. I remember when this was called the Medinah Athletic Club building. It always had some connection with the Freemasons.(as a good Catholic boy, I was not supposed to go to places like that!). I want to learn something about the history of this beautiful architecture. We dined there on New Year's Eve, and I was trying to piece together any information I had stored away in the past

Rob Bennett - Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 @ 2:02pm  

   It's a beautiful building inside and out and tall enough to stand out on the Chicago skyline.

Sharon F - Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 @ 11:33am  

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