A chance to eat from the plates of Hollywood stars

Everything is up for grabs at Chicago’s famous Ambassador East Hotel and The Pump Room.  Plates, silverware, glasses, furniture, artwork—you name it.  Mundane kitchen items have turned into collector’s items as this landmark restaurant has now closed its 225-seat dining room.  After 70 years of catering to Hollywood hunks and starlets, its doors will remain open only for special occasions.

The Pump Room opened in 1938 and quickly became a frequent weekend dinner spot for Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Mick Jaggar, to name a few.  While the restaurant is no longer open for a nightly meal, the public still has the opportunity to fawn over dishware, maybe even a glass used by Frank Sinatra himself.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “There’s something here for everybody,” said Michael Kabealo, president of Hotel Content Liquidators. “You don’t need to have a lot of money.”  Some items are even going for $1, perfect for the penniless college student. 

The sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at The Pump Room, located at 1301 North State Parkway.

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