Chicago's Historical Palmer House

Chicago Venues We Love: Palmer House

As a historic Chicago landmark, it’s no surprise that Hilton’s Palmer House has made our list of venues we adore. This hotel manifests class, distinction and timeless charm regardless of the event type or style. We chatted with Senior Catering Manager Jane Himmel to find out more about what makes this classic venue shine.


17 E. Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60603

Contact: Jane Himmel, Senior Catering Manager: (312) 917-7308 or


Tell us about your venue and the experience it offers.

The Palmer House is the most historic hotel in Chicago, operating since 1893. The first Palmer House was a wedding gift to Bertha Honore from Potter Palmer on the occasion of their marriage in 1871.  Thirteen days later, the hotel was burned to the ground, along with the rest of the city.  Rebuilt by 1893, the Palmer House has not closed its doors since.

Our guests experience beauty in our two story lobby, while sipping cocktails in our Lobby Bar. The magnificent Empire Room, steps up from the Lobby was the premier show room in Chicago from 1933 until 1977.  The Empire Room is the last stop on a bride’s quest for the perfect wedding venue.  Our Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 700 guests and has been the chosen venue for many of the major galas and fundraising events held in the city.     

How many guests can the venue hold?

Four Ballrooms accommodating 50 – 700 guests.

Are there both indoor and outdoor amenities?

Indoor only.

Do you have multiple rooms available for hosting events?


How many months in advance do you recommend booking an event?  

Weddings – 6 – 18 months, depending on the time of year and flexibility of date.  Galas – 12 – 18 months.

Please provide the best way to contact you.

Phone preferred.

Accommodations (list all that apply)

·         Parking – Self and Valet available, discount rates for event attendees

·         Hotel on site – Yes

·         Number of rooms - 1640  

·         Restaurant – Lockwood (3 meals a day), Potter’s Lounge

·         Food Service – In room dining

·         Other – Kosher, Indian and Pakastani catering is available


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Thanks, Jane!