A Chicago Wedding Venue Like No Other in a Place Like No Other
In 1870, a gracious groom named Potter Palmer gave his bride a glorious wedding gift, adored by all, it was named Palmer House.
From the lavish ballrooms to the inspired catering to the discerning decor, no other wedding venue boasts such a legacy of romance. Stylishly situated in downtown Chicago, Palmer House is Hilton honored to have hosted over 9,000 weddings – each bride choosing the Palmer House as her something borrowed.
Our wedding team creates matrimonial experiences that engage, delight, and—above all—reflect the distinctive style and personality of each couple. With a full range of Chicago wedding venue options, a dedicated catering professional, a specially-designed wedding package, and inspired event catering, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy the day that is destined to be uniquely yours.
Celebrating over 140 years and 9,000 weddings, we invite you to share the Palmer House Hilton as your “Something Borrowed.”
Venues: Multiple Ballrooms and unique one of a kind ceremony, reception, rehearsal and morning brunch venues including the Grand Ballroom, the famed Empire Room, the Hilton Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room as well as Potter’s, Lockwood Restaurant Bar Wine Room and hospitality suites.
Culinary Philosophy: Use fresh, local, seasonal product, and use plenty of it. In our rooftop garden, we grow fresh herbs, vegetables, and lettuces that we harvest and then prepare in our kitchens. Combining this approach with our signature restaurants’ farm-to-table cuisine, we have created banquet menus for all seasons. Our culinary team works to create great-tasting, customized menus while setting new culinary trends for every occasion. Culinary fun fact – the brownie was invented at the Palmer House.
Icing on the Cake: Set the stage for your wedding guests with an unforgettable arrival experience to our crown gem and heart of the house, the Grand Lobby, featuring a ceiling of 21 Greek mythological panels rivaling those of the Sistine Chapel. As America’s longest operating hotel, we’ve recently completed a $215M restoration of the entire hotel offering you a historic yet hip venue.
Extra Indulgences: The Spa at Palmer House for treatments and hair prior to and following the celebration, Complimentary Balance Fitness center with in-door pool, Complimentary Connectivity Station, Concierge, Shoe Shine Service, as well as an on-site Starbucks, Freshii, and Merz Apothecary.
Wedding Coordination: Our catering team is committed to helping you host an extraordinary wedding – one that’s not only remembered, but talked about. As experts in all facets of wedding planning, our Wedding Coordinators are devoted to ensure your wedding surpasses your greatest expectations. Not to mention that our catering team is one of the finest in Chicago, having catered countless events for the heads of state and foreign dignitaries. We can provide you with recommendations for wedding coordinators for day of or full service.