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Palmer House Hilton

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5 out of 5 stars
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Palmer House Hilton Hotel and Lockwood Restaurant
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So much is historic about this hotel. Less than two weeks after its 1871 opening, the Palmer House burned to the ground in the Chicago Fire. Just two years later, it was up and running, making it the longest continuously operating hotel in America. The opulent Beaux Arts lobby showcases museum-worthy frescoes and displays a mural by 19th-century artist Louis Pierre Rigal. Even the brownies are inspired by history, made with a recipe invented by the hotel chef in 1893.


Venue name: Palmer House Hilton
Address: 17 E Monroe St
Cross street: between State St and Wabash Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Madison; Red, Blue to Monroe.
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The Palmer House is the most beautiful hotel in Chicago in my opinion and especially nice to stay during the holidays! The architecture in the lobby is absolutely gorgeous gilded Art Deco and definitely worth getting a drink just to hang out there for a couple hours. The rooms are spacious and have historic touches with all of the photographs of stars who have stayed at the hotel displayed on the walls. Also the Balance Spa is not to be missed - best facials ever! Plenty of cute shops on the first level as well.

Yay! The Palmer House is one of my favorite spots to grab a seat at the bar and marvel at interior design from a bygone era. Nothing quite like it will ever be made again.


The Palmer House is gorgeous. If you appreciate a good story and great architecture, you'll love stepping inside this hotel in the Loop. Casual bar in a beautiful setting.