Hotel 71 (photo by Lee Bey)
Hotel 71 almost never gets name-checked when people discuss the city's better architecture. If it isn't forgotten, it's certainly overlooked.
No reason why it should be, though. Built in 1958 as the Executive House hotel, the 36-story 71 E. Wacker is a slick postwar addition to the mainly early 20th century Wacker Drive streetwall. The original facade was made flush awhile back, removing the original recessed balconies, but the move improved the tower's looks. Designed by under-heralded Chicago modernist Milton Schwartz, the hotel looks fresh enough to have been built yesterday.
Speaking of yesterday, how weird is this?