WorldChicago invited us to a wonderful reception for the Fulbright scholars and researchers who were visiting Chicago the last week or March. The reception took place at the Allerton Hotel, a Chicago landmark, right on the Magnificent Mile on March 30, 2011.
Built in 1923, the Allerton Hotel was one of the early high-rises on Michigan Avenue. It was right on the 23rd floor of the hotel where the gathering took place. During the 1950’s Don McNeil broadcasted from that sumptuous space “The Breakfast Club,” a popular radio program that started in 1933. Famous Hollywood legends like Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Ginger Rogers, and James Stewart were featured guests.
The six board members who attended served as “Cultural Guides” after the reception. Marilyn Susman, Cristina Sisson, Monica Swope, Don Garner, Ana Gil-García and Elio Leturia took groups between six and 13 Fulbrighters to dinner. These academics, who were coming from different parts of the country, enjoyed a delicious meal at an ethnic restaurant.