One of the landings over the lobby originally held a fountain with bronze statues by Frederick Hibbard in the likenesses of the sons of hotel founder James W. Stevens.
The lobby opens to a high two-story hall by the front entrance, with a grand staircase on each side. On the second floor there is a small lion's head fountain.
The lobby's ceiling holds a 100-foot long mural of a sky and clouds titled "Windows to the Sky" painted by A. Bonanno.
U.S. Presidents who have stayed at the Conrad Hilton Suite include Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes.
Chicago's largest and most expensive hotel room is the 5000 ft² Conrad Hilton Suite on floors 29-30, which costs over $7000 per night. The suite has 24-hour maid and butler service, and its own elevator.
The hotel structure is indented by a total of nine courtyards on all sides.
An addition to the northwest was built in the mid-1980s with a parking garage, health club, and a large porte-cochere with a fountain.
When it first opened as the Stevens Hotel this was the largest hotel in the world.
The hotel is a major center for conventioneers at McCormick Place.
The Conrad Hilton Suite's famous guests have included Tony Blair, Alan Greenspan, Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Cher, James Earl Jones, and John Travolta.
The main roof originally featured a continuous 280-foot tile-paved covered promenade inside an open colonnade. The structure still exists, but the central part has been filled in.
The hotel's original lunch room was decorated with Japanese wall coverings and ceiling lamps.
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