October 27, 2009

A Note on Uptown Chicago Hotels

From "Chicago Welcomes You" by Alfred Hoyt Granger, 1933:

Farther up on the north side, along Sheridan Road and its tributaries, are many hotels which will appeal to people wishing to get away from the turmoil of the city.

Among these the most amusing is the Edgewater Beach Hotel, at 5349 Sheridan Road. This building, unique and original in plan, is almost a small city within itself, and, besides the ordinary attractions of a first-class hotel, it offers to its patrons varied forms of entertainment. In the summer of 1930 a granddaughter of the Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria spent a few weeks in America visiting New York, Washington, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Chicago, and on her return to Vienna told her friends that she considered the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago the most fascinating place she had visited on her tour. This great lady, for she is just that, returned to her country disappointed in only one particular and that was that none of the people whom she met could introduce her to Al Capone.

The Sovereign Hotel, at 6200 Kenmore Avenue; the Sheldrake, at 4518 Clarendon; the Admiral, at 909 Foster Avenue overlooking the grounds of the Saddle and Cycle Club; the Belmont, at 3156 Sheridan, with its beautiful view of the Yacht Harbor and Gutzon Borglum's statue of General Sheridan; the Belden-Stratford, 2300 Lincoln Park W.; the Webster, 2150 Lincoln Park W., and the Parkway, 2100 Lincoln Park W., are a few among many delightfully located hostelries on the north side, where any visitor can be sure of pleasant surroundings during his or her stay in Chicago...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I used to live in the Sheldrake Hotel in the late '60's through the early '70s. At that time, the address was 4520. Would be nice to know some more history of that building.

Joanne said...

I'll see if I can dig up anything else for you. ;-)

Louis Lome said...

I'd also like to learn more about the Sheldrake. My great-grandparents, George & Antoinette Lipshulch are listed as living there in the 1930 US Census. George was a prominent physician and former Illinois State Assembly representative.

Anonymous said...

I also lived in the Sheldrake Drake in 1968 apt.326 work at what was then Lake Shore Hospital,4848 N.Marine Dr.I would also like to know some more history of this building l do know it has been renovated since then.

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