Monday, October 10, 2011

World's Largest and Friendliest Hotel

Hotel Stevens Chicago

Postmarked 9 October 1950
Chicago, Illinois

THE STEVENS World's Largest (and friendliest) Hotel / Located on Michigan Boulevard at 7th Street opposite Grant Park, and overlooking Lake Michigan, THE STEVENS is conveniently near Chicago's Loop - but away from the noise of the downtown district. 3,000 delightful, outside rooms - each with bath. THE STEVENS is the home of the Famous BOULEVARD ROOM which features fine cuisine, dancing to famous orchestras, and a full hour musical comedy revue, starring the BOULEVAR-DEARS.
FRONT: Am anxious to hear about the home in Haddonfield
BACK: I'm staying at the Mira-Mar near 63rd / Mon Oct. 9 1950 / Hi Sweeties! Haven't heard from T's in long time. Did you get the package of paper and M's picture? I left F. Thurs A.M. and arrived Chicago Fri P.M. I dined at Stevens with girlhood friend who lives here and teaches in C schools. We had a good visit. I came on bus via Washington Cleveland - Leave Wed nite. stop in Pgh. Love, best wishes, Mother
The Stevens Hotel opened in 1927 by the father of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and was at the time the largest hotel in the world. It is still open for guests under the name Hilton Chicago - parking alone will cost you $43 a day! While the hotel has endured, the early years of the business wrecked havoc on the Stevens family according to the story "Heartbreak Hotel" in the Chicago Magazine.

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