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Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (Carbide and Carbon Building)

This is an archived listing.


230 N. Michigan Ave.




Burnham Brothers, 1929


Exuberant and dramatic, the Burnham Brothers-designed Carbide and Carbon Building is a metaphor for the sumptuous décor of 1920s America. The facade of the 1929 building is composed of luxurious polished black granite, green and gold terra cotta and gold leaf with bronze trim. The building's interior is known for its extravagant lobby, originally used to display the Carbide and Carbon Company's products, which included the first dry cell battery. Home to the Hard Rock Hotel since 2004, it will soon close and re-open as a new hotel concept.

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Archived In

2016 , 2017