Palmer House Hilton celebrates 143 years, undergoes $215M restoration

Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton unveiled a $215-million renovation, restoring the centenary palace to its original grandeur. Dating back to 1871 and situated in Downtown Chicago, the 1,641-room hotel underwent the restoration of its executive level, hospitality suites, meetings facilities, health club, business center and restaurants.

Known for its architecture and history, the hotel’s recent renovation ensures 21st century conveniences are combined with the property’s iconic offerings. With over 50 deluxe and hospitality suites in addition to the hotel’s penthouse, Palmer House Hilton’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations were graced with a $6-million restoration this year. The hotel’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations include Serenity Dreams plush-top mattresses, Peter Roth Artisan bath amenities and VIP offerings such as private check-in, key-only access, complimentary breakfast and a dedicated concierge.

The Palmer House Hilton’s Lockwood Restaurant and Bar offers farm-to-table offerings inspired by the hotel’s rooftop garden, apiary and subterranean mushroom chandeliers.  Influenced by Chicago’s structural composition and architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the hotel’s Potter’s is designed with bold colors, rich textures and modern mixology.


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For events, the property has over 77 function rooms and 130,000 square feet of space, including the Empire Room, Grand Ballroom and more intimate salon settings.

Meanwhile, Palmer House Hilton’s full-service, three-level Health Club and Balance Spa has a Jacuzzi and a full range of exercise classes including yoga, boxing, Pilates, aquafit and strength training.