In 1882 Bertha and Potter Palmer were the power couple of Chicago. His web of businesses included the city’s best hotel and a huge...
Original Playboy Mansion
The sexual revolution pretty much started in the basement ‘grotto’ of this 1899 mansion. Chicago magazine impresario Hugh Hefner bought...
Cyrus McCormick Mansion
The Cyrus McCormick Mansion is one of the neighborhood’s standouts. The 1893 neoclassical home was designed by New York architect...
Frank Sinatra and Bette Davis were among the movie stars who used to swirl martinis in the old Pump Room. It recently got a makeover...
Chicago’s straight, 30-something singles come to eyeball one another at this upscale restaurant-pub. Classy and cozy, PJ Clarke’s...
1365 N Astor St · interesting places nearby
Charnley-Persky House information
While he was still working for Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright (who was 19 at the time) designed the large but only 11-room Charnley-Persky House , and proclaimed with his soon-to-be-trademarked bombast that it was the ‘first modern building.’ Why? Simply because it did away with Victorian gaudiness in favor of plain, abstract forms that went on to become the modern style. It was completed in 1892 and now houses the Society of Architectural Historians.