The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL

The Palmer House Hilton

17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Neighborhood: Loop/ Chicago Loop
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Neighborhood: Loop/ Chicago Loop

Maximum Capacity: 1690 people
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Classic Beaux Arts-style Hotel located in the Loop, within walking distance of Art Institute, theaters & shopping; near museums.
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4.8/5.0

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3/23/2012

"Amazing Hotel and Reception Location", An Eventective User from Chicago, IL
The Palmer House Hilton is a wonderful venue for any major event, such as a wedding and reception. As we learned while staying there, it is the longest continuously open hotels in the United States and it is one of two ""Grand"" hotels remaining in Chicago. When you walk through the doors and see the opulence and history radiated throughout, you can not help but be impressed.

The location of this hotel appealed to us for several reasons. It is one block from the Chicago Elevated Train (el) blue line, so it's a snap to get there from O'Hare Airport (Monroe/Dearborn). The hotel spans nearly an entire city block, with entrances on Monroe, Wabash, and State Streets (there is no entrance from Adams). There are two CVS pharmacies and two 7-11 convenience stores within a block of the hotel, in case you are looking for a store purchase drinks and snacks for your room. The hotel is one block from Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park, Grant Park, and the Art Institute. The public spaces of the hotel are gorgeous, particularly the soaring painted ceiling in the lobby, off which the Lockwood Restaurant and Bar is found. The lobby itself has a bar, surrounded by additional comfortable seating. Potter's Lounge is accessed from the street level, where there is a Starbucks and small shopping arcade (gift shop, shoe store).

The hotel has a slightly different configuration as the lobby is on the second level, not the street level, so it is necessary to bring your luggage either up the escalator, elevator, or stairs to check in. However, this is a non-issue because there are bellmen/doormen at both the Wabash Street entrance and the Monroe Street entrance who can help you with luggage (and hail a taxi on your way out).

As for the exact wedding venue, The Empire Room at the Palmer House was gorgeous. It is especially nice if you like grand old architecture with elaborate candelabra, gold leaf, etc. We had our reception there: cocktail hour on the balcony overlooking the lobby, sit down dinner and dancing in the Empire Room. The food was very good and it was nice to be able to offer our guests a choice of entree (beef or fish) tableside and thereby forgo having to print food choices on our invitation. The staff did a good job helping me to get personal items (pictures, cake cutter, flutes, table numbers, etc.) in place and alleviating any concerns in that regard. Overall a completely wonderful experience that we would do again and again.

3/13/2012

"No Better Meeting Venue than the Chicago Hilton", An Eventective User from Homer Glen, Illinois
I had the pleasure of recently holding our web-site staff meeting at the Chicago Hilton and could not be more pleased. Whether it was the beautiful location (only a few minutes walk from Lakeshore drive,) the great attractions in the area, or the wonderful staff of the hotel, overall, it was an extremely pleasant and satisfying stay.

Obviously the location one is staying in is important but you need to mix pleasure with business and no one will accommodate you better then the Hilton in Chicago. After our meeting was up, the knowledgeable staff of the hotel directed us to all the ammenities in the area including the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, the Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and many others that were literally walking distance from our stay.

The rooms themselves were extremely clean and well maintained. Our meeting area was quite big, with a buffet and a bar waiting for us as we arrived. If there was anything we needed, the Hotel manager helped us out personally and checked back in from time to time to make sure everything was running smoothly and we had all that we needed.

Overall, I would definitely have no problem staying there again. My guest and fellow co-workers universally shared the same attitudes as I did and we would love to return. The pricing was very reasonable, considering that hotels in Chicago get booked months in advance and usually cost arm and a leg. It's tough to find any bones to pick here because as stated earlier, everything was pleasant, professional and the surrounding area was absolutely beautiful.

A big bonus for us were the small businesses that were in the same building or only a few hundred feet from the actual hotel. Whether it's the restaurants, bicycle/segwuay tours or the hole-in-the-wall bars, it was a breath of fresh air from the previous locations we visited.

I would definitely rate this location a 10/10 and recommend it to all serious businessmen.

2/17/2012

"Incredible Ambiance and Location", An Eventective User from Chicago, IL
The Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago is an incredible location for a wedding. The first step any individual takes into this hotel is met with awe and astonishment. The hotel is incredibly beautiful and full of excellent detail and luxurious lines, fabrics, and ambiance. I have attended two weddings at this location and I enjoyed each of them thoroughly.

The hotel has several ballrooms that served as excellent locations for a wedding within the city. Additionally, the hotel maintains a very reliable and easy to use valet service that makes for easy arrival for all guests. There are also a few parking lots nearby should someone not want to use the valet service.

If any guests are coming from out of town, it is only a short cab drive from the airport to the hotel and the rooms at the hotel are incredibly comfortable and relatively spacious for a metro location. If getting married in Chicago, this has to be one of the top locations for the wedding and reception. The hotel has an incredible menu that can be tailored to any reasonable budget.

In addition to the great hotel, excellent food, and superb ballrooms, the hotel is also located in an excellent area of the city where it is near shops and various restaurants. There are quite a few nice restaurants within two blocks that could be used for a rehearsal dinner or to entertain family and friends that have traveled from out of town. Overall, I would strongly recommend this hotel as a wedding venue.

1/31/2012

"The Chicago Room", An Eventective User from Rhode Island
The Palmer House Hilton is not only historic but pure elegance and luxury from the moment you step inside. Attention to every detail and the service was wonderful.
The reception was customized to the brides every wish.
Only about 30-35 minutes from the airport and since we had come from out of town the hotel accomidations were just exquisite.
This is not for the budget minded bride but if you can splurge than you might want to check out the Palmer House.

8/19/2011

"Palmer House Is As Timeless As Ever", An Eventective User from Chicago, IL
The Palmer House Hotel in historic downtown Chicago, Illinois is the ideal setting for an urban honeymoon in a time long, long ago. The moment you and yours set foot over the threshold, you will instantly be transported to another time. The glistening chandeliers, lush fabrics and sensuous antique settees assure you that you have both arrived and will remain for quite some time.
Courteous and attentive staff whisk you away to your suite and before you can settle in for a snuggle in the over-sized bed the knock at the door brings chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to start the celebration. Sweet-smelling linens and tons of pillows make diving into bed a pleasure. Toiletries from Crabtree & Evelyn make freshening up an elevated experience. Comfy robes and towels aid in your relaxation and room service is always available. Just remember to hang that little sign on your door so that you won't have any unwanted visitors
When you can drag yourself out of your room, the hotel has every amenity including a gorgeous pool, elegant lobbies with luxury shops, decadent restaurants and a swank bar. Stroll around Chicago's Loop for even more adventure. Museums, parks, boutiques and galleries are just steps away or you could always take the L train for a real feel for the city.
However you spend your time, your stay at the Palmer House will be a memory you find yourself reliving days and years later as you daydream at your desk or look wistfully out your kitchen window. The best part is that if you keep your receipt from your honeymoon, your 50th anniversary stay is on the Palmer House.
Event Spaces
Adams Ballroom
Ballroom Max Capacity: 375 people 5256 sq ft 488.3 sq meter
Supported Layouts and Capacities
Hollow Square
Capacity: 78 People
Banquet - 10 per
Capacity: 300 People
Theater
Capacity: 375 People
Classroom - 18"
Capacity: 267 People
Reception
Capacity: 350 People
U-Shape
Capacity: 60 People
Amenities
  • Air Conditioned
  • High Speed Internet
  • Video Conferencing
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
Features
  • Audio Visual: Portable Equipment
  • Ceiling Height (in feet): 19.7
  • Ceiling Height (in meters): 6
  • Floor Number: 6
  • Space Size (Length x Width) in feet: 72.08 x 72
  • Space Size (Length x Width) in meters: 21.969984 x 21.9456
  • Special Features: Fax, Paging, Printer, Video Phone, Photo Copying Services are available.
  • Total Square Feet: 5,256
  • Total Square Meters: 488.3
Ballroom Balcony
Ballroom Max Capacity: 130 people 1100 sq ft 102.2 sq meter
Burnham 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 70 people 612 sq ft 56.9 sq meter
Burnham 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 60 people 522 sq ft 48.5 sq meter
Burnham 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 29 people 255 sq ft 23.7 sq meter
Burnham 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 77 people 660 sq ft 61.3 sq meter
Burnham 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 41 people 360 sq ft 33.4 sq meter
Clark 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 40 people 320 sq ft 29.7 sq meter
Clark 10
General Event Space Max Capacity: 56 people 486 sq ft 45.2 sq meter
Clark 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 27 people 238 sq ft 22.1 sq meter
Clark 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 48 people 420 sq ft 39 sq meter
Clark 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 36 people 315 sq ft 29.3 sq meter
Clark 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 103 people 900 sq ft 83.6 sq meter
Clark 7
General Event Space Max Capacity: 84 people 740 sq ft 68.7 sq meter
Clark 8
General Event Space Max Capacity: 12 people 224 sq ft 20.8 sq meter
Clark 9
General Event Space Max Capacity: 40 people 440 sq ft 40.9 sq meter
Cresthill Room 11
General Event Space Max Capacity: 77 people 760 sq ft 70.6 sq meter
Crystal Room
General Event Space Max Capacity: 187 people 1628 sq ft 151.2 sq meter
Dearborn 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 67 people 585 sq ft 54.3 sq meter
Dearborn 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 57 people 496 sq ft 46.1 sq meter
Dearborn 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 103 people 900 sq ft 83.6 sq meter
Dearborn 3A
General Event Space Max Capacity: 31 people 272 sq ft 25.3 sq meter
Empire Room
General Event Space Max Capacity: 500 people 5800 sq ft 538.8 sq meter
Grand and State Ballrooms
Ballroom Max Capacity: 1690 people 14383 sq ft 1336.2 sq meter
Grand Ballroom
General Event Space Max Capacity: 1150 people 9733 sq ft 904.2 sq meter
LaSalle 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 68 people 630 sq ft 58.5 sq meter
LaSalle 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 68 people 595 sq ft 55.3 sq meter
LaSalle 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 68 people 595 sq ft 55.3 sq meter
LaSalle 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 39 people 336 sq ft 31.2 sq meter
LaSalle 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 103 people 900 sq ft 83.6 sq meter
Lower Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall Max Capacity: 57 people 14000 sq ft 1300.6 sq meter
Monroe Ballroom
Ballroom Max Capacity: 375 people 4950 sq ft 459.9 sq meter
Montrose 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 84 people 735 sq ft 68.3 sq meter
Montrose 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 53 people 459 sq ft 42.6 sq meter
Montrose 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 48 people 420 sq ft 39 sq meter
Montrose 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 29 people 256 sq ft 23.8 sq meter
Montrose 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 27 people 240 sq ft 22.3 sq meter
Montrose 6
General Event Space Max Capacity: 18 people 156 sq ft 14.5 sq meter
Montrose 7
General Event Space Max Capacity: 40 people 504 sq ft 46.8 sq meter
Parlor A
General Event Space Max Capacity: 85 people 1032 sq ft 95.9 sq meter
Parlor B
General Event Space Max Capacity: 90 people 1032 sq ft 95.9 sq meter
Parlor C
General Event Space Max Capacity: 45 people 504 sq ft 46.8 sq meter
Parlor D
General Event Space Max Capacity: 45 people 408 sq ft 37.9 sq meter
Parlor E
General Event Space Max Capacity: 442 people 915 sq ft 85 sq meter
Parlor F
General Event Space Max Capacity: 85 people 1190 sq ft 110.6 sq meter
Parlor G
General Event Space Max Capacity: 55 people 768 sq ft 71.3 sq meter
Parlor H
General Event Space Max Capacity: 140 people 1450 sq ft 134.7 sq meter
Parlor J
General Event Space Max Capacity: 32 people 305 sq ft 28.3 sq meter
Pool Promenade
General Event Space Max Capacity: 60 people 1300 sq ft 120.8 sq meter
Private Dining Room 1
General Event Space 360 sq ft 33.4 sq meter
Private Dining Room 16
General Event Space Max Capacity: 83 people 720 sq ft 66.9 sq meter
Private Dining Room 17
General Event Space Max Capacity: 160 people 1386 sq ft 128.8 sq meter
Private Dining Room 18
General Event Space Max Capacity: 237 people 2064 sq ft 191.8 sq meter
Private Dining Room 2
General Event Space 288 sq ft 26.8 sq meter
Private Dining Room 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 8 people 288 sq ft 26.8 sq meter
Private Dining Room 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 64 people 560 sq ft 52 sq meter
Private Dining Room 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 64 people 560 sq ft 52 sq meter
Private Dining Room 6
General Event Space Max Capacity: 64 people 560 sq ft 52 sq meter
Private Dining Room 7
General Event Space Max Capacity: 64 people 490 sq ft 45.5 sq meter
Private Dining Room 8
General Event Space Max Capacity: 64 people 560 sq ft 52 sq meter
Private Dining Room 9
General Event Space Max Capacity: 83 people 720 sq ft 66.9 sq meter
Red Lacquer Room
General Event Space Max Capacity: 700 people 5985 sq ft 556 sq meter
Salon I
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 120 people 1800 sq ft 167.2 sq meter
Salon II
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 90 people 1100 sq ft 102.2 sq meter
Salon III
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 90 people 1100 sq ft 102.2 sq meter
Salon IV
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 80 people 900 sq ft 83.6 sq meter
Salon V
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 96 people 1060 sq ft 98.5 sq meter
Salon VI
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 110 people 1175 sq ft 109.2 sq meter
Salon VII
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 110 people 1175 sq ft 109.2 sq meter
Salon VIII
Ballroom Section Max Capacity: 110 people 1120 sq ft 104.1 sq meter
Sandburg 1
General Event Space Max Capacity: 34 people 294 sq ft 27.3 sq meter
Sandburg 2
General Event Space Max Capacity: 45 people 450 sq ft 41.8 sq meter
Sandburg 3
General Event Space Max Capacity: 32 people 276 sq ft 25.6 sq meter
Sandburg 4
General Event Space Max Capacity: 45 people 392 sq ft 36.4 sq meter
Sandburg 5
General Event Space Max Capacity: 42 people 364 sq ft 33.8 sq meter
Sandburg 6
General Event Space Max Capacity: 42 people 364 sq ft 33.8 sq meter
Sandburg 7
General Event Space Max Capacity: 42 people 364 sq ft 33.8 sq meter
Sandburg 8
General Event Space Max Capacity: 55 people 476 sq ft 44.2 sq meter
State Ballroom
Ballroom Max Capacity: 420 people 3550 sq ft 329.8 sq meter
Upper Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall Max Capacity: 87 people 22800 sq ft 2118.2 sq meter
Wabash Parlor
General Event Space Max Capacity: 300 people 2600 sq ft 241.5 sq meter
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