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Hot Stuff Then and Now: A Look Back at Public Chicago

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June 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

You've seen this photo of Public's re-imagined Pump Room, you know, the one that makes you want to go there NOW.

Ever wonder what Public Chicago used to look like in its former Ambassador East glory? We often do. Originally opened in October of 1926, the hotel has a long history of being the place to be well before it became Public. First a luxury haven for the upper echelon, the Ambassador later drew celebs in droves following the opening of the Pump Room in 1938. That interest definitely petered off in the years before Public opened (September 2011), but the point is that this hotel was once as hot as it is today.

Here's The Pump Room under the former Ambassador East umbrella. Yowza.

During a recent visit to Public, we dug around for more clues about the hotel’s past life and scored, getting our hands on a bunch of old images of the former Ambassador East. We couldn’t resist sharing so take a look and a gander down hotel memory lane. Of course, you won't miss Public's totally crushing design and might even start wondering what it means to be hot both then and now.

Pictured above: The Library with Hendrik Kerstens’ eerily beautiful photos may be our fave space above all at Public. An incredibly different vibe paints the previous iteration at Ambassador West.

Pictured above: Public's immaculate white guest rooms are a Schrager thing, but apparently Ambassador West had a bit of that thing going on too. Plus a mauve thing and a floral thing.

Pictured above: Notice how cozy and cool played out in the guest room living spaces of both versions of the Chicago hotel.

Rates at Public Chicago hotel currently start at $175 per night.

[Photos: Public Chicago, Nina Kokotas Hahn]

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Makes me hungry for the Pump Room. I will just go make a PBnJ instead. :(