This weekend the Chicago Architecture Foundation brought attention to many of the city's most historic buildings. Chicago-ans and city visitors had the opportunity to take advantage of free showings of infamous architecture across all of Chicago's neighborhoods.
Everyone has heard about the book "Devil in The White City" and I believe it should be on everyone's reading list who lives in Chicago because you are introduced to the characters who brought this city to life. After just finishing the book, I wanted to visit one of the buildings mentioned in the novel: The Rookery. You may recognize this building, renovated by Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, from movies like: Home Alone 2 and My Best Friends Wedding.The Rookery is the oldest standing sky scraper in Chicago. This building was one of the masterpieces to actually survive the Chicago fire in 1871. Many weddings have been held here in the beautiful glass and marble "bird cage" looking lobby with a "Titanic" staircase.
As one of the more modern locations listed on this tour, my mom and I were first introduced to the Chicago Architecture Foundation crowd when we checked in at The Freehand hotel and hostel. CAF members flowed in and out of the hotel to tour the building's penthouse and chic James Beard Award winning bar, the Broken Shaker. The hostel/hotel and lounge has been recently renovated. You may have remember seeing it as the "Tokyo Hotel." The space still caters to a hip, young crowd. We stayed with many Europeans and it had the vibe of a nicer hostel which are very common abroad. If you are a traveler who is optimistic about affordable community stay this is a great affordable option.
The lobby takes you back in time with dim lighting, cozy couches and live music. you will fell as if you have been transported to a bohemian club in the 70s'. The cocktail bar was designed as an authentic, hidden secret cocktail bar in with cozy booths and an intimate space.
There is always something new to explore in Chicago and you can learn so much when you take the time to understand the history of the variety of architecture spread across our diverse neighborhoods.
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