The Blackstone is considered a prime example of a turn-of-the-century luxury hotel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts style structure was designed by prominent local architects Marshall and Fox. It is named after Timothy Blackstone, president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, whose mansion once stood on the hotel’s site. For decades, The Blackstone enjoyed a reputation as the "Hotel of Presidents." It housed the politically powerful and famous and served as a gathering place for generations of Chicago’s leaders, industrialists and the general public. After years of neglect, the hotel reopened in 2008 following a $112-million showcase restoration.
See the lobby and breathtaking Crystal Ballroom of this legendary hotel.
KOVAL Distillery Tastings at The Blackstone
Join us for complimentary tastings with KOVAL Distillery
Sun, Oct 20: 1pm-5pm
Come celebrate two Chicago icons during Open House Chicago. Re-opened on Chicago's Cultural Mile in 2008, The Blackstone celebrates its history with a clever and contemporary attitude. Established in 2008, KOVAL is Chicago's first distillery since Prohibition and one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers. The Blackstone and KOVAL came together to create a hand-selected Bourbon for hotel. Try The Blackstone Bourbon plus other spirits by KOVAL in the foyer outside the Crystal Ballroom. Must be 21+ for tastings. Attendees will be required to show identification.