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Palmer House, The Palace Hotel of the World, State and Monroe, 1873, Chicago.

Palmer House, The Palace Hotel of the World, State and Monroe, 1873, Chicago.

The Blackstone nears completion, 636 S Michigan Ave, 1910, Chicago

The Blackstone nears completion, 636 S Michigan Ave, 1910, Chicago

The Grand Pacific Hotel, Clark and Jackson, 1887, Chicago

The Grand Pacific Hotel, Clark and Jackson, 1887, Chicago

The Hayes Hotel, corner of 64th and University Ave, 1930, Chicago.

Built for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, an annex would be built soon after this photo was taken to house visitors to the Century of Progress World’s Fair of 1933. The site is now an empty lot.

The Hayes Hotel, corner of 64th and University Ave, 1930, Chicago.

Built for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, an annex would be built soon after this photo was taken to house visitors to the Century of Progress World’s Fair of 1933. The site is now an empty lot.

I recently had the pleasure of taking a private tour of the Palmer House with their Director of PR, Ken Price, the famed hotel’s 29-year-resident historian.

Ken not only is a wealth of knowledge on the Palmer House, which has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States, but he also knows virtually EVERYTHING about Chicago history. Ken’s enthusiasm is infectious.

Included in the tour was the Palmer House History Museum, housing artifacts and memorabilia, some dating back 180 years to the birth of our city. 

I was also given unfettered access to areas not often visited by the general public, including The Empire Room, the Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room and the kitchens.

The good news is that you too can take this tour through a special luncheon offered at the hotel called, History is Hott!!. It is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:15pm. 

For more information, please visit: http://palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/events/history-is-hott/

I highly recommend a visit with Ken!

I recently had the pleasure of taking a private tour of the Palmer House with their Director of PR, Ken Price, the famed hotel’s 29-year-resident historian.

Ken not only is a wealth of knowledge on the Palmer House, which has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States, but he also knows virtually EVERYTHING about Chicago history. Ken’s enthusiasm is infectious.

Included in the tour was the Palmer House History Museum, housing artifacts and memorabilia, some dating back 180 years to the birth of our city.

I was also given unfettered access to areas not often visited by the general public, including The Empire Room, the Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room and the kitchens.

The good news is that you too can take this tour through a special luncheon offered at the hotel called, History is Hott!!. It is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:15pm.

For more information, please visit: http://palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/events/history-is-hott/

I highly recommend a visit with Ken!

The Hyde Park Hotel, 51st (now Hyde Park Blvd) and Lake Park Ave, 1907, Chicago.

The Hyde Park Hotel, 51st (now Hyde Park Blvd) and Lake Park Ave, 1907, Chicago.

T.J. O’Donnell’s South Chicago Hotel and Bar, 1895, Chicago.

T.J. O’Donnell’s South Chicago Hotel and Bar, 1895, Chicago.

The lobby of the Palmer House, 1933, Chicago.

The lobby of the Palmer House, 1933, Chicago.

Ad for the Hotel Harrison, 1931, Chicago.
Running ice water and radio!

Ad for the Hotel Harrison, 1931, Chicago.

Running ice water and radio!

The Grand Pacific Hotel, block of Wells, Quincy, LaSalle and Jackson, 1895, Chicago.

The Grand Pacific Hotel, block of Wells, Quincy, LaSalle and Jackson, 1895, Chicago.

The Great Northern Hotel, 237 S Dearborn, 1895, Chicago.
Designed by Daniel Burnham, completed in 1892, demolished in 1940.

The Great Northern Hotel, 237 S Dearborn, 1895,¬†Chicago.

Designed by Daniel Burnham, completed in 1892, demolished in 1940.

The once-grand Devonshire Hotel, 19 E Ohio, 1927, Chicago.
We now know it as the infamous Tokyo Hotel. If you ever have the chance, pop in and check out the lobby and ride the elevator, if you dare- it is a real throwback - one of the only places in the area that actually has character.

The once-grand Devonshire Hotel, 19 E Ohio, 1927, Chicago.

We now know it as the infamous Tokyo Hotel. If you ever have the chance, pop in and check out the lobby and ride the elevator, if you dare- it is a real throwback - one of the only places in the area that actually has character.

Dining room at the Palmer House, 1875, Chicago.
Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Art Institute of Chicago

Dining room at the Palmer House, 1875, Chicago.

Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Art Institute of Chicago

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wait to check in to the Ambassador East (now the Public Hotel), 1946, Chicago

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz wait to check in to the Ambassador East (now the Public Hotel), 1946, Chicago

The Palmer House Hotel, State and Monroe, 1875, Chicago

The Palmer House Hotel, State and Monroe, 1875, Chicago