Palmer House Hilton
Even if you’re not staying at the Palmer House Hilton, it’s worth visiting for the opulent decor—check out the gilded lobby with art deco ceiling murals and Tiffany light fixtures. Step into the Empire Room, where legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong have performed, then take high tea in the lobby or enjoy a meal amid old-world splendor.
Several Chicago sightseeing tours feature the Palmer House Hilton, particularly those focused on history or architecture. Combine a stop there with a hop-on hop-off bus tour or a cruise on Lake Michigan. The hotel offers a luncheon-included heritage tour highlighting its rich history. On weekend evenings, be amazed by the Magic Parlour show.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Palmer House Hilton is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs.
The hotel is wheelchair-accessible and features 74 accessible rooms.
The hotel is animal-friendly—guests can take up to two pets.
It’s possible to purchase monthly memberships to the hotel’s health club, which includes access to the pool, Jacuzzi, and steam room.
How to Get There
The Palmer House Hilton is located in Chicago’s Loop District. Take the Red Line train to the Monroe stop, the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn, or the Orange Line train to Adams/Wabash.
When to Get There
The heritage tour takes place Tuesday through Saturday, and the Magic Parlour show is held on Friday and Saturday. Occasionally, Palmer House hosts special events in the Empire Room.
Loop District Attractions
Chicago’s main commercial hub, the Loop District is home to lots of government offices and businesses. You’ll also find a number of attractions there, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Cultural Center, the downtown Theater District, the Field Museum, and Millennium Park, which stages regular concerts and events.
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