How to Stay Like Bruce Wayne in Chicago at Hotel 71
Bruce Wayne makes a grand entrance in "The Dark Knight" (2008), filmed in this penthouse ballroom atop Hotel 71
Ed. Note: The opening of The Dark Knight Rises movie was eclipsed by the senseless shootout in Aurora, Colo. This post was written before the tragedy and while the movie and the shootout will be forever linked, we thought giving you some behind-the scenes info on the first Dark Knight movie might separate the two...if only for a little bit.
Next time you visit Chicago, add Hotel 71 to your sight-seeing itinerary as this is where Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) fought the good fight in The Dark Knight and where Transformers ran amok for the movie's third franchise.
Take the elevator up to the hotel’s 39th floor penthouse ballroom and it will all come back to you. Formerly staged as Bruce Wayne’s penthouse apartment in “The Dark Knight,” the penthouse ballroom is simpler now, but the floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic city views are unmistakable. Take a closer look out the windows, spy the adjacent balcony and some of the best scenes from “Dark Knight” are sure to come flooding back.
Remember when Joker (Heath Ledger) crashed Bruce Wayne’s big Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) soiree? Or when Joker busted out the window, tossed out Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Batman dove out to catch her? All happened here, friends.
Stripped down: Views of Hotel 71's penthouse ballroom sans Batman decor
Hard to believe that standing in Bruce Wayne’s shoes is as easy as booking a room at Hotel 71. You can also walk right outside the Chicago hotel to Lower Wacker Drive near McChesney Court, where more scenes from movie were captured.
Chicago River and city views from Hotel 71 Chicago
Bat-Fan or not, guests who stay at Hotel 71 will get to appreciate more than movie views as the Chicago hotel boasts some of the best Chicago River views, no matter the floor. Rooms closer to street level deliver the views and great people watching, while those on higher floors feel more staggering. Just across the River stands Trump International Hotel & Tower, but you’ll spend less at Hotel 71 and get to walk the walk of Bruce Wayne.
We found summer rates at Hotel 71 starting at $189.
Photos: Warner Brothers, Nina Kokotas Hahn