175 Ways to Love Chicago: History is Hott Tour

The lobby of the historic Palmer House Hilton

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel is steeped in history: it first opened its doors in 1871 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The contributions that Bertha and Potter Palmer made in the hospitality business, to women’s rights, to music and so much more—issues that directly speak to the history of Chicago!—are explored in this behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel, our 175 Days to Love Chicago pick for Tuesday, March 20!

Ken Price, the Palmer House Hilton’s Director of Public Relations and 30-year resident historian, guides you through the hotel’s fabulous Art Deco lobby, grand ballrooms and guestrooms, where you can see vintage artifacts and take an exclusive, ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at sites not normally open to the public.

Perfect for history buffs and foodies, the History is Hott Tour kicks off at Lockwood, the hotel’s modern American fare restaurant, where Executive Chef Greg Elliott will prepare a menu for tour participants featuring a salad and entree, along with their world-famous brownie (a Chicago ‘first’, created right here at the Palmer House!), not to mention a glass of wine that you can bring along on the tour.

For more information on this unique tour, visit our full event listing.

175 Days to Love Chicago celebrates Chicago’s 175th birthday with an exciting 175-day-series of programs, promotions, and fun history. Launching on the 175th anniversary of the city’s incorporation on March 4 and continuing through August 26, 2012 this cultural calendar offers visitors and residents exciting opportunities to explore Chicago everyday. From special events to special packages at local hotels, the campaign showcases the breadth and vibrancy of Chicago’s cultural landscape. For more information, visit:  http://www.explorechicago.org/175days

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