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Vintage Ambassador Hotel Dinner Plate

Vintage Ambassador Hotel Dinner Plate

$25.00

Opening their doors in 1924 and 1926, the twin Ambassador Hotels were located across the street from each other in the quiet, tree-lined Gold Coast neighborhood just north of downtown Chicago. Along with the Drake Hotel and the Palmer House, the Ambassador East and its sister hotel, the Ambassador West, attracted well-heeled travelers, many of whom were journeying across the country by train with a stop-over in Chicago.

In a case of the bridesmaid upstaging the bride, the restaurant located in the Ambassador East became arguably even more famous than the hotel itself. That restaurant was the Pump Room. One of the first quality restaurants to open in Chicago after Prohibition, the Pump Room quickly became a Windy City icon. 

It was there that John Barrymore roared for more champagne; Bette Davis could be found curled up on the piano bench; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall celebrated their wedding in the Pump Room's famous "Booth One", as did Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. Liza Minnelli virtually grew up in Booth One and has fond memories of dining there with her mother. Judy Garland immortalized the restaurant in the lyrics to “Chicago”, with the words “we’ll eat at The Pump Room/Ambassador East, to say the least”. And of course, Frank Sinatra held court in Booth One countless times.

In addition to Sinatra (who also sang the praises of the place in the classic song Chicago), the restaurant was a favorite hangout of a lot of famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis and numerous others.

Although the Pump Room was by far the most popular restaurant, there were other dining options between the two Ambassador Hotels. The Buttery was the intimate, romantic restaurant in the Ambassador West and featured live musical performances. The Ambassador Hotel's other restaurants included Parade and Sara Siddon's Walk.

From Chicago's famous Ambassador Hotels, we are proud to present rare Vintage Dinner Plates produced exclusively for use in all of the hotel's restaurants. The plates feature a striking royal blue rim with the logos of the hotel's four restaurants within oval crests. Between the crests is a design of flowing feathers, a nod to the large ostrich feather plumes in the turbans worn by the coffee servers in the Pump Room.


Dishwasher and microwave safe. Circa 1970s. In good condition with no cracks or chips, but signs of age and use commensurate with age. Sold individually with 14 available. 10 1/4".

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