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The story of the hotel is one of undeniable charm…an introduction by Potter Palmer’s former business partner, Marshall Field, sparked the engagement of Potter & Bertha that led to perhaps one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time – The Palmer House Hilton.
Celebrating over 140 years and 9,000 weddings, we invite you to share the Palmer House Hilton as your “Something Borrowed.”
Venues: Five Ballrooms and unique one of a kind ceremony, reception, rehearsal and morning brunch venues including the Grand Ballroom, the famed Empire Room, the Honore Ballroom, the Red Lacquer Room as well as Potter’s, Lockwood Restaurant Bar and Hospitality Suites.
Culinary Philosophy: Use fresh, local, seasonal produce, and use plenty of it. In our rooftop garden, we grow fresh herbs, vegetables, and lettuces that we harvest and then prepare in our kitchens. Combining this approach with our signature restaurants’ farm-to-table cuisine, we have created banquet menus for all seasons. Our culinary team works to create great-tasting, customized menus while setting new culinary trends for every occasion. Culinary fun fact – the brownie was invented at the Palmer House.
Icing on the Cake: Set the stage for your wedding guests with an unforgettable arrival experience to our crown gem and heart of the house, the Grand Lobby, featuring a ceiling of 21 Greek mythological panels rivaling those of the Sistine Chapel. As America’s longest operating hotel, we’ve recently completed a $215M restoration of the entire hotel offering you a historic yet hip venue.
Extra Indulgences: Balance Spa for treatments and hair prior to and following the celebration, Complimentary Balance Fitness center with indoor pool, Complimentary Connectivity Station, Concierge, Shoe Shine Service, as well as an on-site Starbucks, Freshii, and Merz Apothecary.
Wedding Coordination: Our catering team is committed to helping you host an extraordinary wedding – one that’s not only remembered but talked about. As experts in all facets of wedding planning, our Wedding Coordinators are devoted to ensuring your wedding surpasses your greatest expectations. And, as one would expect from a hotel renowned for its stunning decor, the Palmer House wedding decorators are also exceptionally skilled in creating elegant, opulent wedding settings. Not to mention that our catering team is one of the finest in Chicago, having catered countless events for the heads of state and foreign dignitaries. We can provide you with recommendations for wedding coordinators for day-of or full service.
Romance is key at The Palmer House Hilton and with our many options, we'll make sure your day is special for you and your guests!