Chicago Architecture Info

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Formerly known as The Continental Hotel
Medinah Athletic Club
505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Walter W. Alschlager
Type skyscraper
Floors: 45
Maximum height 471 feet/141 meters
Neighborhood: Near North Side
More Information
  • Hotel rooms: 867
  • 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.
  • 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.