Original Playboy Mansion

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Original Playboy Mansion information

Chicago , USA
1340 N State Pkwy
Getting there
Metro: Red Line to Clark/Division
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The sexual revolution started in the basement ‘grotto’ of this 1899 manor. Hugh Hefner bought the manor in 1959 and hung a brass plate over the door warning ‘If You Don’t Swing, Don’t Ring.’ Heavy partying ensued. In the mid 1970s, Hef decamped to LA. The building contains condos now, but a visit still allows you to boast 'I've been to the Playboy Mansion.'

Hef's company, Playboy Enterprises, stayed headquartered in Chicago until 2012, and then it too moved west. The last vestige is ‘Honorary Hugh M Hefner Way,’ which is what the city renamed Walton St (at Michigan Ave) in an official tip of the hat to Hef.