About InterContinental Chicago
InterContinental Chicago is a hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The hotel currently occupies two Multi-story buildings. The historic tower, or "South Tower," is a 471 foot, 42 story building which was completed in 1929 originally as the home of the Medinah Athletic Club. The main tower, or "North Tower" is a 295 foot, 25 story addition, completed in 1961. The current owners of the hotel, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, has also proposed an 850 foot, 71 story skyscraper to replace the North Tower. Before the stock market crash of 1929, the United States was experiencing a building boom. One of these projects as the future home of the Medinah Athletic Club in Chicago, commissioned by the Shrine Organization and designed by architect named Walter W. Ahlschlager. The cornerstone of the Medinah Athletic Club was laid on November 5, 1928. In a ceremony held that day, a copper box was placed within the cornerstone to commemorate the occasion. Filled with records of their organization, photographs of its members, a copy of the Chicago Tribune announcing the proposal of the building, coins, and other historic data, this time capsule remains sealed within the hotel’s limestone exterior.