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Hotel Boom Town

Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago," with flattering lines such as "hog butcher to the world," served as a design influence for the new Loews Hotel in Streeterville, even appearing in script on the elevators. Elements of the lobby design, such as the metallic sculpture made of material from railroads and charred wooden artwork included to recall the Great Fire, all suggest the big, brawny city profiled in the famous verse. [Chicago Architecture Blog]