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The Palmer House

A Hilton Hotel


17 E. Monroe St.
Follow signs or ask hotel staff for directions to the Red Lacquer Ballroom




Sat, Oct 13: Closed

Sun, Oct 14: 10am - 4pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


Holabird & Roche, 1927


One of the city's most famous hotels has been a Chicago mainstay since the 1870s. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed the first Palmer House Hotel, which had opened just 13 days earlier. It quickly rose again from the ashes. Three decades later, it was replaced by the 25-story hotel that stands on the same spot today. The present Palmer House was the largest hotel in the world when completed in 1927. It features a grand gilded lobby designed in the French-Empire style with a formal staircase and Tiffany light fixtures, as well as several unique and colorful ballrooms. In 1945, the hotel was sold to Conrad Hilton, and it remains a Hilton Hotel to this day. A recent, thorough renovation restored this legendary landmark to its original grandeur.

Behind the Scenes

See the boldly beautiful Red Lacquer Room on the fourth floor, with a table setting recreating a famous 1879 banquet.