If These Walls Could Talk….
Call it glamorous. Call it notorious. Call it what you like, but the Blackstone is anything but boring. It’s storied past speaks of a history rich with intrigue, and it remains one of the most enthralling historic hotels in Chicago. Since its opening on April 16, 1910, the Blackstone has attracted the crème de la crème of celebrities, socialites, political powerhouses and infamous icons. Aptly named “The Hotel of Presidents,” the Blackstone has hosted a dozen chief executives, from Teddy Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. The Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts were frequent visitors, and the hotel hosted such notable talent as Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and Rudolph Valentino. The legendary mob bosses “Lucky” Luciano and the one and only Al Capone put the Blackstone on the map in Chicago’s crime world.
After decades of enjoying the distinguished reputation of being the most luxurious hotel in Chicagoland, the Blackstone entered into the hands of the personal guru to the Beatles, the Maharishi Yogi.
Despite the hotel’s years of being shuttered after Yogi’s failed attempt to turn the building into a premier condominium complex, the Blackstone was reborn to again become one of the most exceptional hotels in Chicago.
Bringing the Blackstone into the Modern Era
After the hotel was shuttered in the 1990s, it seemed the Blackstone was doomed to remain a mere scion of an enchanting bygone era, until it was purchased and ushered into the new millennium.
The Denver, CO-based hotel management company Sage Hospitality bought the Blackstone in 2006 and began an extensive renovation. Throughout the transformation, Sage stayed true to the hotel’s historic elegance while outfitting the hotel with contemporary amenities and styling. Sophisticated touches and alluring additions revitalized the beauty of this remarkable building.
When the Blackstone reopened its doors in 2008, Chicago regained this exquisite landmark in all its glory.
From 1910 to the present day, the Blackstone’s beautiful brick and terracotta building has been an illustrious presence in the Chicago landscape. View the Blackstone’s historic timeline
The Windy City boasts an impressively textured political history, and the (in)famous political saying “smoke-filled room” originated inside our very own walls.
Mob boss Al Capone was accustomed to close shaves with the law, but he played his cards close to his vest during his frequent visits to the Blackstone barbershop.
The Blackstone has paid its dues in Hollywood. Paul Newman, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise have all been featured on film with the Blackstone as their backdrop. Countless other famous faces have walked the halls here. Learn More.