The Pump Room

The legendary Pump Room first opened its doors in 1938 inside Chicago’s famed Ambassador East Hotel. From the very beginning its original owner, Ernie Byfield, set out to attract Hollywood’s best and brightest stars. To say that he succeeded would be an understatement, as the iconic restaurant that featured live entertainment, became a favorite celebrity hangout frequented by the biggest names in show biz—Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Judy Garland, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood—the list of celebs who dined and drank here goes on and on and on. It was in coveted Booth One with its telephone at...

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