New Hotel Pix to Get Your Motor Running
Jun17

New Hotel Pix to Get Your Motor Running

We’ve been diligently following the story of the transformation of the landmark Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) from a derelict Art Deco spire into a healthy and happening Hampton Inn.  You’ll remember the hotel opened to the public last month, with common areas that preserve much of the building’s legacy. Hampton Inn sent over a new batch of photos of the interior of the place, including a lot of...

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The “Motor” Has Been Put Back Into the Chicago Motor Club Building
Apr06

The “Motor” Has Been Put Back Into the Chicago Motor Club Building

In 1928 when the Chicago Motor Club’s art deco skyscraper was completed at 68 East Wacker Place, the Ford Model A was the height of automotive sophistication.  Today, in states that allow it, we have electric eggs that navigate for themselves, leaving the “driver” free to sip a cup of tea and converse with the passengers. The Chicago Motor Club long ago left for Aurora, while most of the Model A’s went to the...

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Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building
Sep22

Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building

Work continues to convert one of Chicago’s best art moderne office towers into a hotel.  The Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) occupies a prime location just steps from the epicenter of tourist Chicago, but those few steps make a huge difference.  Few visitors, or even locals, have actually seen it in person. It’s not just this building that suffered when obscurity knocked.  When Lakeshore East was built,...

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Signs of Life at Wacker Tower
Apr05

Signs of Life at Wacker Tower

After a long, cold winter’s hibernation, there are signs that real progress may come to Wacker Tower (68 East Wacker Place) sooner, rather than later. The 1928 art deco skyscraper by Holabird & Root has been the subject of several attempted hotel conversions over the last decade or so, but the current one appears to finally have traction. Loop Spy Edward recently sent in pictures of a new construction hoist anchored to the...

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Long Neglected, a Chicago Art Deco Gem Inches Toward Rebirth
Mar19

Long Neglected, a Chicago Art Deco Gem Inches Toward Rebirth

In a city filled with Art Deco delight, this small skyscraper is an exceptional gem. Recently named a Chicago Landmark, the fifteen-story Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) was designed in 1928 by Holabird & Root. It’s not a well-known building; it has been empty for a decade, and you can’t access its dazzling lobby. But for locals who remember it way back when, and those lucky enough to attend the rare open house...

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Strategy For The Loop’s Newest Hotel: Keep It Simple
Nov18

Strategy For The Loop’s Newest Hotel: Keep It Simple

The Chicago Loop Alliance and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly held an event tonight where the people behind the proposed new Hilton Garden Inn in the Loop (66 East Wacker Place) talked about their plan. At its heart, the 20-something-story inn is a “limited service hotel,” which means no ballrooms, no banquet facilities, and very few other ancillary amenities. The hotel is planned to consist of 192 rooms, averaging 280 square feet;...

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Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago
May22

Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago

Two well-known Chicago buildings, and one not-so-well-known building have been named City of Chicago landmarks. The venerable Wrigley building (400 North Michigan Avenue), a favorite of architects, academics, locals, and tourists gets the nod. The Wacker Tower (68 East Wacker Place), formerly known as the Chicago Motor Club Building. 227 East Walton Place. When it was proposed for landmark status earlier this year, a lot of people...

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