Allerton Hotel

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Warwick Allerton Hotel
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General information
Type hotel
Location 701 North Michigan Avenue.
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′43″N 87°37′26″W / 41.8952°N 87.6238°W / 41.8952; -87.6238Coordinates: 41°53′43″N 87°37′26″W / 41.8952°N 87.6238°W / 41.8952; -87.6238
Construction started 1922
Completed 1924
Opening 1924
Cost $4,000,000
Owner Warwick International Hotels
Height
Roof 360 feet (110 m)
Technical details
Floor count 25
Design and construction
Architect Murgatroyd & Ogden, with Fugard & Knapp
Developer Allerton Hotels
Designated: May 29, 1998
References
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The Warwick Allerton Hotel or Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago (formerly Allerton Hotel and Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel) is a 25-story 360 ft (110 m) hotel skyscraper on the Magnificent Mile in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois.[2] It was the first building in the city to feature pronounced setbacks and towers resulting from the 1923 zoning law.[2][3] The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on May 29, 1998.[4]

When the Allerton Hotel first opened, it had fourteen floors of small apartment-style rooms for men and six similar floors for women, with a total of 1,000 rooms. The hotel also boasted social events, gold, sports leagues, a library, solarium, and an in-house magazine.[5] An early resident was Louis Skidmore, founder of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the hotel housed a swanky lounge on its top floor, called the "Tip Top Tap". Although the lounge closed in 1961, the sign proclaiming its existence is still displayed on the Allerton Hotel.[3] By 1963, the room was home to a new restaurant, the Cloud Room, when Don McNeill moved his broadcast of "Don McNeill's Breakfast Club" to the location. While the show was broadcast from the Allerton, McNeill's guests included regular Fran Allison.[5]

After the Allerton Hotel was declared a Chicago landmark, it closed in August 1998 through May 1999 for a $40,000,000 renovation.[5][6] The firm of Eckenhoff Saunders Architects oversaw restoration work which restored the hotel's bygone grandeur and upgraded mechanical systems.[7] When the hotel reopened as the Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel, the twenty-third floor, which previously housed the Tip Top Tap and the Cloud Room, became the Renaissance Ballroom and a lounge opened on the second floor called Taps on Two featuring one of the Tip Top Tap's signature drinks, a Moscow mule.[5]

In November 2006, a partnership of Oxford Lodging and Perry Capital purchased the hotel from FelCor Lodging for $70,000,000.[8] The new owners ended the affiliation with Crowne Plaza and on February 2, 2007, the property was re-christened The Allerton Hotel. Shortly after the purchase, Oxford announced further renovations to the property.[3]

In March 2014, Warwick International Hotels, a New York-based hotel chain, purchased the Allerton and renamed it the "Warwick Allerton Hotel". Warwick acquired the Allerton from New York-based hedge fund manager Petra Capital Management LLC, which won a 2012-battle for control of the property in bankruptcy court.[9] The new owners are planning renovations which may include reopening the Tip Top Tap on the hotel's 23rd floor.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allerton Hotel at Emporis
  2. ^ a b "Allerton Crowne Plaza". Emporis. 2007. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Oxford Lodging Removes Crowne Plaza Brand Affiliation from Chicago’s Historic Allerton Hotel; Returns the 443 room Property to Independent Status" (Press release). Oxford Lodging. 6 February 2007.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help);
  4. ^ "Allerton Hotel". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d Conklin, Mike (21 May 1999). "75 Years Later, Allerton's Again in Tip Top Shape". Chicago Tribune. 
  6. ^ Schmeltzer, John (26 March 1999). "Landmark Allerton Gets A Crowne". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12-05-2017.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel". Eckenhoff Saunders Architects. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  8. ^ Roeder, David (10 November 2006). "Allerton to get $10 mil. face-lift". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  9. ^ "DiamondRock Hospitality Reaches Settlement on the Bankruptcy and Litigation Surrounding the Allerton Hotel in Chicago" (Press release). DiamondRock Hospitality. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ Hirst, Jean Ellen (25 March 2014). "New Allerton Hotel owner may return Tip Top Tap to its high point". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 

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