Friedman Fine Art offers historical and contemporary photographs in Chicago. Since its beginning on New Year’s Eve 1920, the Drake Hotel, located downtown on the lake side of Michigan Avenue, has been known for its elegance and hospitality. It features 535 elegantly decorated guest rooms and 74 suites, including a six-room Presidential Suite and several restaurants.
Some notable guests of the Hotel are Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, President Dwight Eisenhower, Prince Charles, Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, and President Ronald Reagan.
In 1916, Tracy Drake and John Drake acquired the property from the estate of Potter Palmer. Descendent William Drake and his wife lived at the hotel until the family lost the hotel during the Great Depression. Hilton International bought the Hotel in 1996, and starting two years later, corridors and guest rooms were renovated.
Located in the Magnificent Mile, the Drake Hotel connects the Gold Coast residential area and the new commercial area, north Michigan Avenue. It provides the perfect spaces for meetings and gatherings. It has classic decor, luxury bedding, marble bathrooms, and views of Lake Michigan and the city.
The original Comiskey Park, “The Baseball Palace of the World” is in the hearts of many Chicago White Sox fans to this day. Built in 1910 and turned into a parking lot of U.S. Cellular Field (formerly “New Comiskey Park”) in 1990, at the time of its demise it was the oldest park in Major League Baseball. It will always have iconic status as one of the ballparks during baseball’s glory days of the 1950s and 1960s, which saw the White Sox finish second for so many years behind the hated Yankees. The park was always recognizable with its unique Roman arches visible in the background of thousands of photos of major leaguers in the 20th century.
Comiskey Park was named after owner Charles Comiskey, who, while being a great ballplayer and instrumental force in early Major League Baseball, unfortunately was also a stingily owner who had his own player rebel against him in 1919 when the “Black Sox” threw the World Series, allegedly opting to accept more money from gamblers than they would have received as champions.
Other highlights of Comiskey Park include the first All-Star Game in 1933 and the 50th All-Star Game in 1950.
Unfortunately the White Sox didn’t have much success during the park’s lifespan. They won the World Series in 1917, and made it back in 1959, only to lose to the Dodgers.
At least White Sox fans who were patient another 15 years got to see the White Sox break their 88-year drought with a World Series Championship in 2005.
Michigan Avenue, commonly known by its monikers “The Mag Mile” and the “The Magnificent Mile” of Chicago is sprinkled with tons of trendy shops ranging from affordable to luxurious. Prior to the 1909 plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham, Michigan avenues (then Pike street) stopped at the Chicago River. After the plan, the street was expanded North of the River to be turned into a shopping and commercial haven. The streets were widened and now the street was rubbing elbows with Lake Michigan (nearly one block away in proximity) giving way to a name change dedicated to the Great Lake: Michigan Avenue.
Early on the Avenue was destined to be a landmark destination due to the many notable buildings and architectural wonders that include: The Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, The John Hancock and the long standing Water Tower one of the few surviving structures from The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Today the Mag Mile has over 460 stores, 275 restaurants and 60 hotels. While North of Michigan Avenue consists mostly retail, the southern part of Michigan Avenue has main attractions such as Millennium Park and Cloud Gate, commonly referred to as The Bean, Mercy Hospital, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Symphony center and the world renowned Art Institute of Chicago.