The Purple Hotel at 4500 W. Touhy Avenue in Lincolnwood, Illinois was built in 1960, originally as the Hyatt House Hotel. It was a posh place for awhile - then fell into drug and sex-fueled disrepute. Its morbid claim to fame is the murder of Teamsters lawyer and alleged Chicago Outfit mobster Allen Dorfman, who was shot in its parking lot in 1983. The Purple Hotel closed in 2007 and was demolished in 2013. I will forever miss its purple glow.
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