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For the Love of Chocolate

In 1870, Bertha Honoré married Potter Palmer, a successful businessman and Chicago millionaire, who built Palmer House in 1871.  Bertha chaired the Board of Lady Managers for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  She charged the Palmer House Pastry Chef Joseph Sehl to create a chocolate cake-like treat that would be easy to box and transport. And just like that, the globally famous brownie was invented at Palmer House.

Celebrate the birthplace of this sweet confection with a stay at Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, when you reserve The Brownie Package.


Off the Menu with Executive Sous Chef Jason Schroeder

Experience the Sweet Life at the birthplace of the brownie with Chef Jason as he prepares this delicious treat in celebration of National Brownie Day.

Bertha's Brownie Latte

A sweet morning indulgence inspired by Bertha Palmer, the Brownie Latte is a treat any time of the day.  Visit Lockwood Express, located on the lobby level, and sip this delightfully caffeinated, chocolate lovers treat.

Brownie Cheesecake

Enjoy a classic twist on The Original Palmer House Brownie recipe with a slice of brownie cheesecake at Potter’s Chicago Burger Bar.

Brownie Manhattan

Treat yourself to a Brownie Manhattan at Lockwood Restaurant & Bar.  Sip a liquefied version of the Palmer House Brownie featuring Palmer House FEW Rye, crème de cacao, walnut liquor, and chocolate walnut bitters, topped with a brownie bite and maraschino cherry for a one-of-a-kind holiday treat