Woman shot dead, man found dead in suspected murder-suicide at historic Warwick Allerton Hotel

CHICAGO (CBS) – A woman was found shot in the head at the Warwick Allerton Hotel on the Magnificent Mile and later died, and a man was also found dead on a floor.

Police believe it to be a murder-suicide.

At 4:54 p.m., the woman was found at the hotel at 140 E. Huron St., at the northeast corner of the intersection with Michigan Avenue. Police dispatch reports said the woman was found on the 17th floor and three bullet holes were found in the hallway.

The woman was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Meanwhile, a man was found dead on the 18th floor. He also died of a gunshot wound and firefighters ruled his death a suicide.

CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported that a heavy police presence remained at the scene from 6 p.m., and many hotel guests gathered outside.

Guests said they heard nothing at the time of the shooting and the hotel did not alert them to what had happened.

The Allerton Hotel was completed in 1924 and was designated a Chicago Historic Landmark in 1998. The sign atop the hotel above Huron Street still advertises the Tip Top Tap – a lounge that operated on the top floor at the mid-century era.

“Few buildings are more reminiscent of the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s – and the changes that were taking place with architecture and urban development in Chicago during this dynamic period – better than the Allerton Hotel. Built as a A monumental brick tower, the Allerton is a rare example of Northern Italian Renaissance architecture, characterized by dark red brick walls, semicircular windows and arches, and a visually sculptural roof,” reads a city landmark designation report. “Additionally, the Allerton was the first building in Chicago to be constructed with a pronounced setback and towers, introducing an innovative architectural form that has been repeated in Chicago’s skyscrapers over the next decade.”


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