Chicago Architecture Info
Carbide and Carbon Building
Also known as
The Hard Rock Hotel
230 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Burnham Brothers
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 40
Maximum height 503 feet/151 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Spire height: 50 feet
  • Hotel rooms: 381
  • 1996: A plan is floated to convert this office building into 200 condominiums.
  • May 8, 1996: This building is named a City of Chicago Landmark.
  • September, 1997: This building is sold to Mark IV Realty for $7,000,000.
  • 1999: A pedestrian is hit when a piece of the terra cotta facade breaks away from the building.
  • January 1, 2004: After $106,000,000 in renovations, the Hard Rock Hotel opens in this building. An official grand opening ceremony wasn't held until the weather got better.
  • April 21, 2004: The official opening ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel includes celebrities like actress Carmen Electra and musician Dave Navarro.
  • November 16, 2007: The Hard Rock Hotel completes a $106 million renovation of this building, and begins illuminating the 500-foot tower with floodlights at night. Floodlights are positioned at the 24th and 38th floor and light up nightly.
  • September, 2010: This building was named #33 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.