From a notorious location of political corruption to being the first Chicagoland roof over Michael Jordan's head, Lincolnwood residents are losing a relic in the soon to be demolished Purple Hotel.
Learn more in the below passages from media reports over the years.
"The hotel on the very prominent corner of Touhy and Kilbourn Avenues in Lincolnwoodused to be the town’s most famous building: The first Hyatt hotel in all of Chicagoland, premiere accommodations, top-notch restaurant. It was swank! Roberta Flack stayed there. Barry Manilow stayed there. Michael Jordan stayed there on his first night in Chicago. Every thirteen year old in the area had their bar mitzvah there," according to radio show 99% Invisible.
"Then, slowly, over time, it became Lincolnwood’s most infamous building. Changed hands, got seedy and run down."
"Allen Dorfman, a longtime mob associate who was murdered in 1983 in a Lincolnwood parking lot, virtually controlled all investments made by the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund for at least six years, according to testimony Thursday in U.S. District Court," the Chicago Tribune reported.
"Dorfman`s domination of the fund, which at the time had assets of almost $1 billion, reportedly ended in June, 1972, after his conviction on fraud charges."
Limo driver George Koehler dropped Jordan off at "the famous purple Lincolnwood Hyatt House, not far from where the Bulls practiced at Angel Guardian Gym. Jordan gave him 50 dollars and told him to keep the change, and Koehler gave him his card," Koehler told ESPN.
"I told him, 'If you need to know of any places to live, restaurants to eat, you want to go out for a beer, you've got a friend in Chicago. And oh, by the way, congratulations on your gold medal,'" Koehler said.
Two weeks later, Koehler's phone rang.
WBEZ reported "A North Shore developer seeks to preserve and redevelop Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel--provided he can stop the suburb from demolishing the 51-year-old edifice."
Jake Weiss, president of Skokie-based real estate investment firm Weiss Properties, told WBEZ "You've got this shell of a building there and it's doing absolutely nothing. It's a beautiful structure with an architectural pedigree. Why tear down a perfectly good building?"
"The hotel was known for seamy affairs in more recent years too. In the corruption trials of political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, and more recently powerbroker William Cellini, businessman and admitted scam artist Stuart Levine testified that he attended all-night sex parties loaded with drugs such as crystal meth and ketamine at the hotel," according to a CBS Chicago report.
Lincolnwood’s iconic Purple Hotel appears to be dead.
Plans to use the hotel as part of a $20 million mixed-use development have been spiked, after the hotel owners announced Tuesday a decision to demolish the colorful building and start fresh with plans for a larger mixed-use development.
Despite all the issues occurring in Lincolnwood, one question consistently keeps popping up: What is going on with The Purple Hotel site?
Bricks from the Purple Hotel were sold at Lincolnwood Fest, raising over $5,000 for the local library.
North Capital Group, the company that owns the Purple Hotel, announced plans to demolish the hotel. As of August, future plans to develop the property are still in the works.