Experience Chicago's highlights with DreamTrips this Labor Day: indulge in Palmer House Hilton luxury, explore with Big Bus Tours, conquer the TILT, and unwind with jazz and dinner at Andy's. Book by June 15th.
Get ready for a captivating journey on this Adults Only DreamTrip as we take you on an all-encompassing Chicago adventure. Start your trip with a warm welcome reception at the Palmer House Hilton, featuring two complimentary drinks and a selection of scrumptious appetizers. Each morning, relish a delicious breakfast at the Palmer House to fuel your daily explorations.
Venture out into the city with a premium two-day hop-on, hop-off pass from Big Bus Tours, allowing you to discover Chicago's top attractions at your own pace. Don't miss the group experience at the iconic 94th floor of the John Hancock Tower, where you'll experience the adrenaline-pumping TILT, an exhilarating attraction that tilts you outward over 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile.
Wrap up your memorable trip with a group farewell dinner at the renowned Andy's Jazz Club. Indulge in a sumptuous four-course meal accompanied by the soulful sounds of live jazz entertainment. It's the perfect way to celebrate your unforgettable Chicago experience.
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Your DreamTrip includes 4 days and 3 nights in Chicago, IL at the Palmer House Hilton, as well as:
*The minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years. Age is determined at the time of travel with valid, government-issued ID.
The closest commercial airports to the hotel are:
Airfare is not included in the trip price.
Airport transfers are not included in this trip. Make sure to arrange your own transfers between the airport and your hotel. Taxi or shuttle service is recommended.
Itinerary subject to change.
The story of downtown Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton is one of romance and undeniable charm.
Potter Palmer was a Chicago business magnate—well-known for a variety of endeavors, including his significant role in the development of downtown Chicago’s iconic State Street.
Bertha Honoré Palmer, 23 years Potter’s junior, was a wealthy socialite who also had a drive to learn and succeed.
An introduction by Potter’s former business partner, Marshall Field, sparked a romance—and eventual engagement—between Potter and Bertha that led to perhaps one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time – Palmer House. It was a grand Chicago Hotel—one destined to take its place among the most luxurious hotels in Chicago and beyond.
However, only 13 days after its grand opening, the Palmer House fell victim to the Great Chicago Fire. But that didn’t deter Potter. Determined to rebuild his hotel, Potter secured a $1.7 million loan–negotiated on his signature alone. On November 8, 1873, the new Palmer House welcomed its first guests, marking the opening of what would become the nation’s longest continually operating hotel.
The Brushstrokes of Bertha
Shortly after befriending Claude Monet in France, Bertha Palmer began decorating the Palmer House with paintings and other pieces inspired by her French heritage. She eventually accumulated the largest collection of impressionist art outside of France. The Palmer House was bedecked with garnet-draped chandeliers, Louis Comfort Tiffany masterpieces, and a breath-taking ceiling fresco by French painter Louis Pierre Rigal. The fresco was described by columnist George Will as “a wonderful protest of romance against the everydayness of life.”
A House of Stars
By the turn of the century, the Palmer House had become Chicago’s liveliest social center, hosting a long list of prominent figures—including those ranging from U.S. presidents to Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde.
In 1933, the Empire Dining Room of Palmer House was converted into an entertainment epicentre and supper club. It hosted legendary entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, and Liberace.
The Never-ending Legend
In recent years the historic Chicago hotel, Palmer House has undergone a $170 million renovation to ensure that it includes all of the conveniences and comforts our 21st century guests expect while also preserving our significant history.
Clearly “the Chicago hotel the world knows best” has positioned itself for the next era in downtown Chicago accommodations–and the next generation of Palmer House Hilton with a hip and historic outlook.
Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America
AT A GLANCE
THE SPA AT PALMER HOUSE
The Spa at Palmer House is where luxury meets the latest trends in skin and beauty. This 8,000 square foot wellness oasis is located on the 5th floor of Chicago’s historic Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel. Pamper yourself, plan a romantic couples escape or reserve the entire spa as the perfect venue for an indulgent and elegant group event.
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Stay productive with our self-service Business Center offering complimentary computer use as well as complimentary high speed internet access, copying and faxing service.
EAT AND DRINK
LOCKWOOD BAR & RESTAURANT
The menu at Lockwood features local, seasonally inspired American cuisine. Simple dishes are prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables. Private event space can also be arranged for intimate gatherings.
Enjoy curated cocktails and shared plates. Raise a glass to the Sesquicentennial Celebration at Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel as you toast under a canvas of 21 Greek Mythological frescos lit by the warm glow of Louis Comfort Tiffany Winged Angel candelabras. An awe-inspiring living, breathing piece of history fully restored to its original beauty with careful attention to the intricate details, down to the most of important matters, a perfectly prepared cocktail.
POTTER’S CHICAGO BURGER BAR
Named after the Palmer House founder, Potter Palmer, the menu showcases burgers topped with a flavor profile of high taste ingredients. Gather with a group of friends, settle into one of the leather sofas, and enjoy an evening of great conversation over seasonal cocktails. Potter’s Chicago Burger Bar is located on the lobby level.
The perfect spot located just off of the lobby to pick up on-the-go favorites. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Lavazza coffee, tea and chilled drinks along with savory breakfast sandwiches or house made pastries and parfaits. The world-famous Brownie is also available here.
For your convenience overnight self-parking is offered at 55 East Monroe Street (across from hotel) and overnight Valet Parking is available at the Monroe Street entrance. The garage can be accessed from either Monroe Street (east bound traffic) or Adams Street (west bound traffic).
Overnight guests can charge parking to their guest room for payment at check-out. Simply present your parking or valet ticket to a Guest Service Agent for validation prior to departure. For non-overnight guests, please note that parking must be paid in the 55 East Monroe Street lobby level prior to entering your car to exit the facility.
To retrieve your vehicle, call Valet at extension 5172 or ask the operator to connect you and present your valet ticket number, or simply present your valet ticket to the attendant at the Monroe Street entrance.
HEALTH CLUB & POOL
Make a splash at our new $2.2MM indoor, heated pool. Located in the Fitness Center on the 8th floor of the hotel, use of the pool is complimentary to registered hotel guests. Take a refreshing dip or relax poolside, either way let the stress of the day float away…
Pool Hours: Daily, 5:30am – 9:00pm
Enjoy a personalized workout regime in our 10,000 square foot Fitness Center facility on three interconnected levels including:
Located on the 8th Floor of the Palmer House Hilton, our Fitness Center is equipped with everything you need to stay in shape on the road. Featuring Precor® Cardiovascular and Strength Training Equipment including:
Additional amenities include
**Fitness classes are currently suspended**
Gym Hours: Daily, 5a.m. – 10p.m.
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Minimum check-in age is 21
Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603, United States
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment in case of unexpected cancellation. Travel can be unpredictable and country restrictions change regularly. Please understand that the cancellation policies listed in the Terms and Conditions will apply, and you are highly encouraged to purchase travel protection for your trip.
To get the best possible coverage, check out travel insurance soon after booking your trip. Some coverage plans may be time sensitive. Reminder: If you are unable to obtain the required identification and other travel documentation, the Cancellation Policy for this DreamTrip will apply.
Cancellation Policy*: If you cancel 46 days or more before the start date of your trip, you will get a refund less a fee of up to US$100. If you cancel within 45 days of the start date of your trip, your trip will not be refunded. All fees are applicable on a per-person basis.
*This cancellation policy is subject to rules and regulations in applicable jurisdictions in which our travel supplier is based. In the event of conflict between the cancellation policy displayed here and cancellation terms in supplier booking terms, the more restrictive of the two terms will prevail.
Name Change Policies: Name changes are not permitted for the DreamTrips Member(s) who booked this trip and are only allowed for people who are traveling with said booking member. Name changes must be done no later than May 2 and are subject to a fee of up to US$50. Name changes after this date are not allowed.
Transfer Policies: Booking transfers from one member to another member are not allowed on this trip.