from food history posted in history by prof_improbable
Built in 1915 as a residential hotel, this building was purchased by Vienna immigrant Charles Schimmel in 1920 and turned into the Blackstone Hotel. The luxury hotel served as a point of elegance on the Lincoln Highway, and the restaurants in the building consistently received top awards.
The Reuben sandwich was invented in at the Blackstone Hotel by Reuben Kulakofsky in 1925 (as far as one popular version of the story goes). In addition, butter brickle ice cream was invented and served at the Blackstone as well.
The location is now the Blackstone Center with a number of different shops and restaurants.
On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born to Earl and Louise Little. This location is where the future civil rights speaker known as Malcolm X would spend his first few years.
The actual home at the corner of 34th and Pinkey St was torn down in 1965, before the owner knew of the historical significance. Since then, six adjacent lots have been purchased and a park has been established by the Malcolm X Foundation.