The Palmer House is the longest continuously operating hotel in North America. The first hotel was built on the same site in 1871 and destroyed 13 days later in the Chicago Fire. Two more Palmer Houses have been built on this site.
The guest list has included such distinguished figures as Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Buffalo Bill and Mark Twain.
Unique Quality: The breathtaking lobby ceiling features 21 individual oil paintings of figures from Greek mythology. It was immortalized as a symbol of urban opulence in the classic musical "Showboat."
Up in the 1,640 guest rooms and 83 suites, the decor is more updated and subdued. All have the new Suite Dreams beds with luxury linens. The hotel's vintage charm remains, however, in the bathrooms' deep tubs.
Among the high-tech gadgets is Palmer House Golf, a full-swing virtual golf course. There is a fitness room, pool and the rooms have high-speed Internet access for a fee.
Directions: Around the block from Marshall Fields. Near the Art Institute and Grant Park. Close to the EL and buses.
Palmer House Hilton
Going to be in Chicago tonight thru Thursday. I was thinking about eating at the hotel tonight for convenience. Can anyone offer a review of the restaurant?
First time in Chicago, I would really like to try the Pizza. Is it good here or should I venture out.
If it's cold, stay in! I don't know Chicago well at all but was there for the first time about a year ago. Across from my hotel, people would line up to eat at Grand Luxe Cafe. I only had one night so I decided to try it. Maybe it's because I've been living in the UK for 3 years, but the food there was so good and just wanted I craved... huge hamburger, fries and great desserts. It certainly wasn't a diner - lovely place and really buzzing. Have some pizza for lunch - it's the thick crust variety and ask what's the best around.
It's not going to be very cold tommorow (Wednesday)--Chicago weather is much like New York's. The Big Downtown is ok, but not anything special. Just a bit south of the hotel at Wabash and Monroe there's a Geordano's which produces a good example of Chicago style pizza. In the Palmer House's main lobby there's a very pleasant bar where you can get sandwiches, etc. along with drinks--both alcholic and non-alcohalic. And Immediately south of the hotel on Wabash there's Millers,s Pub. It's a steak house cum sports bar (tv's tuned to every sorts even that's broadcast in Chicago all over the place.s Good steaks and ribs and various greek dishes, and even with its location it's not overly touristy; it's quite popular with Chicagoans.
The Big Downtown's food is not bad. When I was working down the street we used to meet after work for happy hour. They have a good beer selection, margaritas and your basic bar food. They also have good salads and sandwiches. If you are looking for more finer dining I would try Rhapsody which is a block away (Adams and Wabash). They have a really nice dinner menu and a separate bar menu. It will be in the low 30s tomorrow nite. Not exactly frigid.
108 E Superior St, Chicago
225 N Wabash, Chicago
120 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago
20 East Chestnut St - Downtown, Chicago
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Address: 17 East Monroe Street, Box 75845, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, United States