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Chicago Il ~ InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile ~ Medinah Athletic Club Originally

Chicago Il ~ InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile ~ Medinah Athletic Club Originally

Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, a luxury men's club for members of the Shrine organization, the club fell victim to the stock-market crash and was forced to close its doors in 1934. InterContinental Hotels bought the property in 1988, and immediately began renovations. A quarter of a billion dollars and 12 years later, this truly magnificent hotel was re-introduced to Chicago.

Restoration work was guided by the original athletic club's 1930 yearbook, the SCIMITAR, donated by a club member. Its black-and-white photographs were used to duplicate and restore entire rooms, right down to the detailing in draperies, carpets and murals. Today, each floor of the hotel represents a myriad of cultures and eras. The public areas available for viewing provide a glimpse of the rich history of the building. 169

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Photo prise @ Chicago le 1 janvier 2014 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo / Flickr)

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