10 Interesting Historic Facts About The Famous Pump Room
Word on the street is the historical Pump Room is going to reopen soon and will be better than ever! Just what makes this famous Chicago hotel restaurant so special? The people of course! Here are ten interesting facts about the amazing Pump Room.
2. Ernie Byfield was inspired by another venue called the Pump Room in 18th century Bath, England, where Queen Anne and other London socialites gathered. The Pump Room was named after the hot water drinks pumped into its patrons' cocktails.
3. It was was one of the first quality restaurants to open in Chicago after the end of Prohibition.
8. Frank Sinatra always called ahead to ask how many guests were in the restaurant. He'd offer to pick up their tabs as long as they agreed to leave. He and the Rat Pack, liked to have the place to themselves.
9. The restaurant used to feature a Great Signature Book, which includes the names Marlene Dietrich and Cole Porter. John Barrymore is reputed to have urinated on the book after drinking too much champagne.