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Gary Sykes, a doorman at the Thompson Hotel in Chicago. Credit James Bernal for The New York Times


The Secret Lives of Hotel Doormen

The Secret Lives of Hotel Doormen

Chicago — If the entrance of a hotel is its own sort of stage, then few actors have commanded one quite like Gary Sykes, head doorman at the Thompson Chicago. From the time his shift begins at 3 p.m. till the time he gets off at 11, Mr. Sykes is a whirlwind of “Well,...