1340 N State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610
Did you know that before Hugh Hefner moved his Playboy bunny flock to California that he lived in this Chicago mansion? The historic Chicago Playboy Mansion is located at 1340 N State Parkway on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast neighborhood grew in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. In 1882, millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the area from the Prairie Avenue neighborhood on the city’s south side.
Wild parties were had here during the 60’s until Playboy moved to Beverly Hills. Currently, the building is divided into condos, one of which recently sold for $2,995,000. The original house included secret passageways, state-of-the-art electronics and Hefner’s bed spun on a rotating platform. Famous architect David Adler created this masterpiece for a wealthy doctor in 1899.
“At one time Gold Coast debs mixed in the ballroom with celebs like Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Lenny Bruce, Danny Kaye, Don Adams, Martin Luther King, and Bob Hope. Hundreds of hobnobbers came to witness the decadence — the Playmate of the Month doing the frug beneath Picasso’s Reclining Nude, Nelson Algren dishing out party quips to a replica of medieval armor. Meanwhile the sound of Hef’s 15-foot-long hi-fi boomed Peggy Lee ballads through the high-beamed rooms,” according to the account by Richard Lalich.
When the Playboy bunnies left, Hugh Hefner donated the building to the School of the Art Institute as a student dorm. In 1993 it was finally separated in to condominiums.
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