Take a look back to 1947 at Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel, 1947

Take a look back to 1947 when Sigma Alpha Epsilon visited Grand Hotel.

As Grand Hotel celebrates it’s 131st birthday this season we are taking a look back at some of the history of groups and families who have visited over the years. SAE first came to Grand Hotel in 1947 and 71 years later returned in 2018 to celebrate their 162nd Anniversary. We were lucky enough for them to discover a collection of photographs from that first year in 1947 and are excited to share them with you!

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Flag flying high off the Front Porch at Grand Hotel
Sigma Alpha Epsilon waiting for a carriage at Grand Hotel
Bellman and an overloaded dray make their way up to Grand Hotel with luggage for the weekend.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the Porch at Grand Hotel .
Grand Hotel Porch, 1947
Gathered around the piano for a sing-along.
Lined up in front of the hotel.
The ladies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Thank you SAE for sharing this history. We hope to celebrate another milestone anniversary in the future!

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Grand Hotel Sponsors Lighthouses on The Mag Mile Public Art Display in Chicago

The Friedman Place is a non-profit Supportive Living Community for blind and visually impaired adults in Chicago.

Grand Hotel Sponsors #MagMileLighthouses in Chicago: June 19 – August 11, 2018

Lighthouses on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a public art display of lighthouses painted and designed by individuals with disabilities. The event supports the organization, The Chicago Lighthouse, whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities. Widely regarded as among the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation. 

The Chicago Lighthouse organization has worked to feature more than 50 six-foot tall lighthouse sculptures along famed North Michigan Avenue this summer as part of the event Lighthouses on The Mag Mile. Each of the lighthouses has been designed by a group or person selected by the organization. All the lighthouses will be on display along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and nearby neighborhoods from June 19 to August 11, 2018.

Lighthouses on The Mag Mile – It’s Coming!

How is Grand Hotel involved with The Chicago Lighthouse and event Lighthouses on the Magnificent Mile?

As a third-generation family owned organization we value art and design that brings people together to create memories and experiences. As a sponsor of this event Grand Hotel’s mission is to support individuals with disabilities and bring creative design into action. Marlee Brown, wife of Grand Hotel President Dan Musser, III and artist helped select Grand Hotel’s artistic partner, Friedman Place. Local artists at Friedman Place are designing and painting Grand Hotel’s lighthouse which will be on display during Lighthouses on the Magnificent Mile.

Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Friedman Place is a non-profit Supportive Living Program for adults who are blind or visually impaired. Friedman Place Therapeutic Weaving Program teaches the skills of weaving, sewing, and other textile arts. Their public message is conveyed through the various venues where their products are sold and displayed throughout the year and the associated stories and descriptions of how they were created and by whom.

Fabrics that the artists will use to weave into decorative tapestries for the lighthouse.

Look ahead to see what 12 artists at the Friedman Place are working on for Grand Hotel!

Unloading the lighthouse at Friedman Place.
Friedman artists works to weave the fabric used to decorate the lighthouse.
The weaving program is part of a larger program at the center where they do in addition to weaving, sewing and other textile art.
Sanding and painting the lighthouse.
Friedman Place artists work together to drill holes in the lighthouse.
Friedman Place
Local Artists at the Friedman Place beginning their work on the lighthouse sponsored by Grand Hotel.
Wrapping the lighthouse with handmade woven cloth.
Artists work together to finalize the lighthouse.

Freidman Place Vision

Their plan is to take a 40+ foot piece of fabric that has been woven collaboratively on a community loom by weavers who are blind and disabled and wrap it around the lighthouse. The various sections of the weaving are made of different types of threads and yarn, some very fine and smooth and others thick and rough. It will provide a ranging and varied textural experience to the person viewing and touching the completed lighthouse. The colors also vary by section, with some being muted and others quite bright. This piece has been selected in part because it shows weavers of various skill levels responding to pattern, texture and color by jointly creating an ultimate expression of their collaborative work. The final “woven lighthouse” will be a beautifully and visually arresting experiential beacon for access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

The final “woven lighthouse”  is ready for Mag Mile!

Where can you find the beautifully designed lighthouse by Friedman Place sponsored by Grand Hotel?

Grand Hotel’s lighthouse will be located at 430 North Michigan Avenue at Plaza Americas. If you are in Chicago this summer, make sure you stop by to see it.

Visit the website’s Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. 

S H A R E    Y O U R   P H O T O S!

Be sure to share your photos of the lighthouse with the hashtags #MagMileLighthouses and #GrandHotelMagMileLighthouse. We look forward to seeing your posts! 

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