Reliance Building
Reliance Building
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Lake • 3 min walk
  • Randolph/Wabash • 3 min walk
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Eva
Bothell, WA748 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This building is famous architecturally, and stunning. Destined to be famous for the great, chic hotel that has opened here a few years ago. I remember this building when I would walk to work in the Loop and was thrilled when I stumbled upon it when researching hotels to stat at during my recent visit with my daughter. Kudos to the city and businesses for keeping the amazing architecture alive and preserved. It's the Chicago way!
Written April 16, 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I remember when the Prudential Building was the tallest building in Chicago. How times have changed. Of course, there was a time when the Reliance Building, was recognized as a "skyscraper," all 14 floors of it. Located at 1 West Washington Street, at State Street, in the center of what once was known as "That Great Street," the Reliance Building was designed by architect John Root in 1890 and completed by Charles Atwood in 1895. It was the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area, foreshadowing a design feature that would become commonplace in the 20th century. It remains significant for other reasons, including its white glazed terra cotta facade and steel frame superstructure. It also was one of the first skyscrapers to offer electricity and telephone service to all of its offices. The lobby is a showcase with its 20-foot-high ceiling, Italian marble, elegant mosaic floor tiles and an old-time metal elevator grill with decorative wrought iron. Today, the building boasts the popular Atwood Cafe on the first floor with a fashionable boutique hotel, the 122-room Staypineapple, formerly the Hotel Burnham, filling the rest of the space. The Reliance Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Visitors still marvel at the "proto-Modernist" structure, which reflects the growth of Chicago's central retail district. How could it have been built in 1895?
Written October 31, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
As an architecture buff, I was wowed by this 1895 skyscraper gem when I visited on a Chicago Architecture Foundation tour. I initially thought that the building -- one of the stops in "Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce" -- went up in the middle 1900s. That's because the structure has a more modern look due to its two-story-column design that helps support many large glass windows. The 14-story building also appears light and airy because of the white glazed terra cotta that contributes to the facade. But the almost sparkling beauty does not reflect careful maintenance for more than a century. Instead, it displays restoration work by a developer, who in 1999 transformed the former office building into the boutique Hotel Burnham (now The Alise Chicago).

We entered the hotel from Washington Street and continued to the long elevator lobby, which can be accessed directly from State Street. This lobby shows off a 20-foot-high ceiling, intricate mosaic floor tiles, Italian marble, a metal elevator grill and decorative wrought iron. Photos on the wall show what the building, which is a National Historic Landmark, looked like throughout the years.

The Reliance Building is near Millennium Park and the Chicago Art Institute and across the street from Macy's on State Street. That department store is also worth a stop for a look at its magnificent Tiffany glass dome.
Written September 10, 2017
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Feenixwest
Fort Collins, CO1,442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
Saw this on a historic walking tour of Chicago. It was a first skyscraper to have as much window-space as this--70% which was very scary when this was built. Now an attractive building on a corner on State Street with dark stone on the lower two levels and light on the top. Can see some of the supporting pillars tucked behind window edges.
Written September 6, 2017
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maisoui_27
Streamwood, IL136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I went on the 45 minute Chicago Architecture Tour of this building; now a hotel. A very important 1895 historic building in Chicago that has been beautifully restored. Clad in glass and terra cotta it was the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows. The elevator shaft, mosaic tile floor, narrow staircase with worn marble treads, old wooden doors to the rooms with letter slots, and more. All of these things make this a unique building to stay in Chicago. We were lucky to be able to go inside a room on the tour and I was impressed by the beauty and quality of the rooms. I would stay here given the opportunity.
Written July 20, 2017
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rushh2017
Lockport, LA112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
A must see on any Chicago architecture tour. I just love the cream color of the exterior and the attention to all the small details. The building is in a very prominent area known for quality mid range shopping.
Written July 15, 2017
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julie b
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
The architecture alone is worth the stay. Comfortable bed, clean bathroom, restaurant on site, and beautiful views. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to be in Chicago near the magnificent mile.
Written January 21, 2017
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Sharon K L
Green Cove Springs, FL39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Burnham. The hotel is a historic, small boutique hotel that provides excellent service. The staff was great– friendly and helpful, the room was very nice with large, tall windows and the location was excellent. Great amenities including bicycles and a very nice restaurant. We plan to return when we next visit Chicago.
Written August 13, 2016
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Elizabeth F
North Carolina Mountains, NC71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
We stayed here for a night to say that we had. Read Devil In the White City and gain a whole new appreciation for the city's architecture. This is a swanky hotel as far as I'm concerned. Attentive front desk, beautiful building. Beds were comfy. Bathroom amenities smell nice. Great view for people/city watching, great location to walk to most places downtown. Fall asleep to sounds of the city, but not in a way that prevents you from falling asleep. My daughter loved the robes you get to wear. :)
Written June 28, 2016
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Bron P
Chicago, IL2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015
The bartender on the 7th of July was very cold and unfriendly and looked like he just wanted to get out of there.

The layout of the 2 bedroom unit was great and very spacious. Would be good to have more seating in lounge, not enough for 4 people. Good facilites including laundry

The bartender on the 7th of July was very cold and unfriendly and looked like he just wanted to get out of there.

The layout was great and very spacious. Would be good to have more seating in lounge, not enough for 4 people. Good facilites including laundry
Written September 20, 2015
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