After falling into disrepair and closing nearly a decade ago, the Viceroy Hotel building will reopen this year to include a social enterprise café, an urban farm, and a teaching kitchen out of which Heartland Housing will provide classes to residents about nutrition and food preparation.
The Viceroy Hotel, which stands at the southern edge of Union Park on Chicago's Near West Side, wears different chapters of its history on its sleeve.On the building's front facade are Art Deco stylings that date to the building's construction in 1929 and 1930 as one of the city's “apartment hotels.
A derelict hotel on Chicago’s Near West Side will soon receive a major makeover. The Union Park Hotel first opened in the 1930s as a combination hotel-apartment building. Eventually, it was turned into the Viceroy Hotel, a single-room-occupancy, or SRO, hotel.