Sunday, October 26, 2014
That toddlin' town...
At the end of September, I went to Chicago to attend the wedding of good friends. The wedding was on the roof top garden of The Public Hotel located on the Gold Coast just a few blocks north of all that shopping along Michigan Avenue. The wedding was in the evening and it gave me a perfect opportunity to capture a sunset shot across the Chicago skyline. What a fantastic view!
The hotel is the home of the infamous Pump Room, a gathering point for the rich and famous of the 40's, 50's, and 60's. The hotel restaurant has retained the name but, the decor has changed dramatically. I had dinner here a year ago when I was in Chicago and I can assure you that the food was excellent and the service fantastic. I snapped the above photo in the late afternoon before the dinner crowd had arrived. On the lower level of the hotel there are two walls of photographs, floor to ceiling, of the many celebrities that dined at the Pump Room during it's hey-day back when the hotel was called The Ambassador East.
The above photo shows the bar of the Pump Room. I love that minimalist look.
There is a Wikipedia history of the Pump Room that lists some of the many famous people who frequented the place. Just click the link.