A Tribute to Hugh Hefner’s Chicago

Celebrate Hugh Hefner's 90th birthday with this week's best bit of nostalgic coverage.

If you’re looking for some potent Playboy nostalgia on this, Hugh Hefner’s 90th birthday, we recommend “A Playboy’s Guide to Hugh Hefner’s Chicago.” Compiled by Chicago Tribune graphics reporter Kori Rumore, the April 4 spread is filled with vintage photos, locator maps and rich anecdotes.

One of the highlighted landmarks is, of course, the original Playboy Mansion at 1340 North State Parkway. There’s a fun picture of Hef crouched next to the basement pool, and by coincidence, cross-town that same April 4 in Chicago’s other paper the Sun-Times, actress Melissa McCarthy was also waxing about the Mansion. The building, converted into luxury condominiums in the early 1990s, served as an exterior filming location for this weekend’s McCarthy comedy The Boss:

McCarthy laughed as she recalled how she “weaseled my way into that house. I’m such a fan of old architecture, and that’s one beautiful building!” The actress spotted a woman exiting the building while they were filming outside, “and I asked her if I could get inside. She was so gracious. I don’t usually do this, but I did play the celebrity card,” said McCarthy with a laugh. “I even got to see the trap door that led to the grotto, back when Hefner lived there — saw the pole that led down into the grotto and the whole bit.”

To paraphrase a famous line from the movie Hefner will be watching tonight at the other Mansion, McCarthy came to Casa Hefner for the waters.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Problem With a Hugh Hefner Biopic: Not Enough Conflict
Hugh Hefner Makes Like Willy Wonka
A Vintage Job Interview and a Vintage Couch

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