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From: Mark Swanson <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s - TheStevens Hotel/Hilton
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:14:02 -0500
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My Grandfather Ernest Swanson was a painter & he painted the inside of
the Stevens Hotel for 30 years. Started at the bottom & by the time he got
to the top floor, he would start over at the 1st floor. If its the same
building that was at State & Wabash.
Mark Swanson

On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 7:07 PM, <> wrote:

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> Hello!
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> My dad thinks it must have been the Stevens Hotel/Hilton. He said it was
> definitely on Michigan Ave. They only went twice. It was 1954, and he was a
> student at Purdue in Lafayette, IN. He especially liked Lawrence Welk and so
> drove up to Chicago to see him. He said they'd have dinner there, dance and
> enjoy the show, then stay the night at the hotel. He now visits my mom at
> the Assisted Living home everyday; they were watching the Lawrence Welk Show
> yesterday which is how the subject came up. As he put away his stool, he
> started dancing to the music - hadn't seen him dance in years! He still
> loves Lawrence Welk!!
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> I shared with him all the responses we got from this wonderful group. He
> was so pleased! Thank you all very much! (My dad's great grandfather,
> Alexander McClelland, was an Irish immigrant to Chicago in 1854. His
> grandfather, Robert Alexander McClelland, grew up there and moved to
> Yorkville, IL after attending Rush Medical School.)
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> Alice McClelland Roche
> Albuquerque, NM
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> Thank you Ruth, Maureen and Annette for your suggestions. I'll check with
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> Alice
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Annette <>
> To: Irish in Chicago <>
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> a book called That Toddlin' Town By Charles A. Sengstock mentions Lawrence
> Welk
> at the Trianon and the North Side Ballroom. He said LW played at the
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> often his band almost became a house band. The book has some other
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> information on ballrooms in Chicago.
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> I also saw this on another website, someone recalling childhood memories
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> mentioning the Aragon (Lawrence Welk), at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway on
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