Palmer House Hilton Chicago

The Palmer House Hilton Chicago is a product of Chicago’s metamorphoses over the last century and a half. From the beginning, the hotel was destined for greatness. Each of each its owners had a unique vision of bringing forth grand luxury and prominence to the renovation stages. Though the hotel has changed structurally, the essence of distinction and grandeur has never been lost. Today it stands as one of the most spectacular and popular hotels in the Windy City.

Palmer House Chicago History

Palmer House Chicago History
Palmer House Chicago History  Image: (c) 2013 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

The Palmer House Hilton Chicago was first named The Palmer and was erected as a wedding gift for Potter Palmer's bride. Palmer was an American businessman who developed a large part of Chicago’s State Street. Palmer House was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire less than two weeks after it opened in 1871. Swiftly rebuilt by Palmer, it became one of the most upscale hotels in Chicago post-fire. The Palmer House Hotel, planned by architect Van Osdel, was constructed mainly with brick and iron and spanned seven stories. Completed in 1875, it was one of the most luxurious of all Chicago hotels and hosted many prominent political and business figures. During the 1920s, on the same property, a third hotel was built under the same name. It was further developed into a 25-story hotel over two years beginning in 1923. It was known as the biggest hotel in the world. Come the tail end of 1945, the Palmer House was purchased by Conrad Hilton and renamed the Palmer House Hilton. Hilton sold the hotel in 2005 and between 2007 and 2009 it was renovated yet again with a cost of more than $165 million. This brought its status up to Chicago’s second-largest hotel with almost 1,700 rooms, the Hyatt Regency being the largest. The hotel is now called the Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel.

Palmer House Chicago Spa

The Palmer House Hilton Chicago Spa is a facility focused on the enhancement of guests’ health. Named Balance Spa & Fitness at Palmer House, the spa offers a combination of a spa and fitness facility where there are twelve rooms for treatment along with scores of wellness and fitness services within a 10,000 square foot area.  Whether it’s hands and feet, hair and makeup, skincare, massage or complete body care, the facility has services for all needs. Massage services, which are extremely popular, include Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, and express massages. Ten distinct facials create an array of options for facial skincare. They include a sweater pearl, anti-aging, and re-hydrating treatments.

Personal training, health assessments, and group fitness are also available via fitness memberships and individual wellness services.

Palmer House Chicago Map

Palmer House Chicago Map
Palmer House Chicago Map

Just three blocks from North Lakeshore Drive, Palmer House Hilton Chicago is in an ideal location in the heart of the shopping, theater, and financial districts. It is located off South State Street near several metro lines, restaurants, shopping, and a historic commercial development called The Loop. The Loop exhibits a wealth of establishments including a popular shopping area and several attractions, including outdoor sculptures by famous artists such as Picasso. To the hotel’s north is the renowned Magnificent Mile. Chicago’s Art Institute and the Willis Tower are other nearby landmarks. There are countless Chicago attractions within a three-mile stretch. Guests can easily visit Lincoln Park Zoo, Grant Park, and the John Hancock Building. In the summer months, the area is teeming with bustling markets and vibrant waterfront events.

Top image: (c) 2013 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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