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The Rise And Fall Of The Purple Hotel

The Purple Hotel, Lincolnwood, IL
Flickr/Eric Allix Rogers

In suburban Chicago, there’s a landmark building that stands out from all the others. The most obvious reason the building stands out is its color — it’s purple. Really purple. The other, less obvious reason the building stands out? It was once the swankiest hotel in the area, hosting everyone from Michael Jordan to Barry Manilow. Then, it slowly became the most notorious building in the area, for hosting … less swanky people and events. Independent producer Roman Mars brings us the surprising history of the purple hotel.

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