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Sneek Peek - Virgin Hotel Chicago

by Heather Holman on Thursday, January 24th

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    Sneak Preview inside the Sir Richard Branson’s Newest Luxury Hotel - Virgin Hotel Chicago, the First Virgin Hotel in the US.

    Arguably one of the most successful people in the world, Sir Richard Branson has shown his genius time and time again and has made Virgin a household name. Now Sir Richard is about to make Virgin a Chicago Name with his latest announcement via his blog, to open the first Virgin Hotel in Chicago.

    Hotels of the Rich and Famous did a little investigative work and found you a sneak peek inside this newly announced hotel.

    Located along the Chicago River near the Heald Square, the new Virgin Hotel Chicago will reside in the legendary Jeweler Building. Built in 1925, the 40 floor Jeweler Building is located at 35 East Wacker Drive, as it famously displays on the front of the building. Known for its Greco-Roman and Gothic architecture and complex elements, including cupolas, spires and arched windows, combine to offer an extravagant and pleasing appearance that has led to its designation as a Chicago Landmark.


    The building was used in Batman Begins with Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. Also featured in the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon staring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro, in which the famous cupola on top is destroyed by decepticons.



    At the time of its construction, it was the tallest building west of New York City. It is easily distinguished on the Chicago skyline by its "wedding cake" shape and the water towers visible at the four corners of the first set back. The top of the Building is a large dome which was originally a restaurant/ nightclub known as the Stratosphere and it is said to have been frequented by Al Capone during Prohibition as a speakeasy. The only access to the dome was via elevator, so if the police ever tried to raid the Stratosphere, they were able to lock the elevator shaft, essentially locking themselves into the club.

    Clad in fire proof terra cotta, the Jeweler's Building is truly one of the Chicago River gems. There are exquisite details everywhere you look. Note the massive clock on the northeast corner of the building, similar to those seen on the Marshall Field's building, but with darker detailing. Father Time (who some say resembles Death himself due to the massive scythe he weilds) sits atop the 6-ton Clock. The clock was a gift from the Elgin National Watch Company and was installed in 1926 after the build was complete. Back when it was tied in with the Naval Observatory it was recognized as "the most reliable timepiece in Chicago."


    The Jewelers' Building, was originally designed and built in the 1920's as a high tech office tower for jewelers. The lower 23 floors were serviced by automobile elevators that, for security reasons, transported the tenant, their jewels, and their car directly up to the office floor. Changing times reduced the utility of this machinery and the elevator shafts were subsequently filled in. For more information on the Jeweler Building view the video below, which gives you another peek inside what will be the Virgin Hotel Chicago.


    The Virgin Hotel Chicago will be the first of many Virgin Hotels in the United States. Though not scheduled to open until 2015, this hotel is sure to be a masterpiece. If you can’t wait till then to take part in some of the most luxurious accommodations in the world, check out Virgin Limited Edition. Stay at Sir Richard Branson's own private island, Necker Island; his Private Game Reserve, Ulusaba; his Moroccan Retreat, Kasbah Tamadot; or his Swiss Mountain Retreat, The Lodge.




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