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  Upward View of Carbide & Carbon Building
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  • Upward View of Carbide & Carbon Building - Chicago
      Upward View of Carbide & Carbon Building
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  • Inside the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago - Chicago
      Inside the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
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Favorite thing: I pointed out the beautiful Carbide and Carbon Building to Allan. This building with its polished black granite and marble base is 40 stories high and uses glazed green terra cotta. It's topped with a gold Art Deco leaf-trimmed tower that is illuminated at night.

The Carbide and Carbon Building was completed in 1929, and it resembles a champagne bottle. In 2004, it was renovated and became the Hard Rock Hotel. Allan and wanted to see what it looked like inside so we casually walked inside as though we were staying there. Once inside, we sat down on the comfortable modern couches and observed. The interior is quite modern and follows what one would expect of the Hard Rock Franchise.

The Hotel is located at 230 North Michigan Avenue and attracts a much younger crowd. I'm so pleased that this lovely old building and its grand architecture was really saved by the "hip" Hard Rock Hotel.


#1 I took this photo of the outside of the Carbide & Carbon Building very up close and from the bottom up at a slight angle.

#2 This photo was taken inside the Hard Rock Hotel. As we walked in, we turned to the right and made ourselves comfortable at this small bar/seating area.

Allan thanked me for giving him the "scoop" on this Carbide and Carbon Building, which has become The Hard Rock Hotel.

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  • Updated Sep 7, 2008
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