Which hotel was purchased by the U.S. Army during World War II?
If you guessed The Hilton Chicago (1927) located in Chicago, Illinois, you guessed correctly! In 1941, the U.S Army purchased the property, formerly known as the Stevens Hotel, for a mere $6 million to utilize as barracks and classrooms for the Army Air Force during WWII. 10,000 air cadets were housed at the hotel, with 4 to a room. Conrad Hilton purchased Chicago’s Crown Jewels: The Palmer House and the Stevens Hotel in 1945.
Conrad Hilton’s name jump–started the hotel’s reputation as a world–class facility, luring movie stars, dignitaries, and politicians to experience the hotel. Famous visitors included Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Mary Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, President Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II. Today, the hotel boasts over 1,500 guestrooms and suites, exceptional dining options, a 16,450 sq ft athletic club, and an ideal location in downtown Chicago. To learn more, or book your stay, click here.