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The Palmer House Chicago - Where You Want to Be

A city within a city, the Palmer House encapsulates the very essence and energy of Chicago. Have your mind read at the Magic Parlour, take the grand tour with Ken Price on the Palmer House Hilton History is Hott Tour, sip on our specialty label bourbon, have high tea at two at the Mez, recharge yourself at The Spa at Palmer House or re-energize at the Fitness Center.

Or walk to countless Chicago attractions outside the hotel. The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel is just steps to all the action along State Street including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Block 37 Mall and the Chicago Theatre District. Walking distance to The Art Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler’s Row, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Children’s Park and more!

For more information about things to do when visiting the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel please see below:

Things to Do

  • History is Hott!! Tour

    History is Hott!! Tour

    02/14/2017 - 12/31/2018
    12:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Explore the Palmer House’s long and storied history in the capable hands of Ken Price, named best historian of 2014 by Historic Hotels of America. Our historic luncheon and tour begins at 12:00 p.m. with lunch at Lockwood, includes a presentation in our historic hotel museum and finishes with a tour of the art-deco lobby, grand ballrooms, and vintage artifacts throughout the hotel.

    Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday and are subject to availability. Tickets are required.

  • Tuba Christmas

    Tuba Christmas

    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Join us for the annual Tuba Christmas holiday concert, featuring over 400+ Tuba players.  Admission is complimentary.  Enjoy Bloody Mary & Mimosa specials, along with Hot Cocoa and Christmas cookies —LEARN MORE

  • Sparkling Christmas

    Sparkling Christmas

    12/24/2018 - 12/25/2018
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Lockwood Restaurant & Bar will feature a sparkling holiday menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day —LEARN MORE

Fitness Center

Located on the 8th Floor, the Fitness Center features cardio and free weights allowing you to stay fit on the road.

    *Limited availability over select dates.