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Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 US (map)

PHONE

312-621-7343

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ABOUT US

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... Read more
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."

Contact Us
Palmer House Catering Office 17 East Monroe Street | Chicago, IL 60603 direct: 312.422.1325 | fax: 312.332.7670 palmerhousecatering@hilton.com More Information
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 product, 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 in-door 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 ensure 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.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Describe your venue:
Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'Oeurves, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room, Private Section
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you had to ask you obviously have not stayed at the Palmer House.
If you had to ask you obviously have not stayed at the Palmer House.
If you had to ask you obviously have not stayed at the Palmer House. Read less
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Veronica
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Excellent Excellent from beginning to end. Palmer house and Joy made my event like a fairy tale. From the rooms to the food to the service was A++++!! Thank you I could not ask for anything more!!
Excellent Excellent from beginning to end. Palmer house and Joy made my event like a fairy tale. From the rooms to the Read more...
Excellent Excellent from beginning to end. Palmer house and Joy made my event like a fairy tale. From the rooms to the food to the service was A++++!! Thank you I could not ask for anything more!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Brenda
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We could not have been happier with having our wedding at the Palmer House. Everything went perfectly and it was the wedding of our dreams. Jane was a pleasure to work with and made sure every little detail was in place for our big day. Thank you, Palmer House!
We could not have been happier with having our wedding at the Palmer House. Everything went perfectly and it was the Read more...
We could not have been happier with having our wedding at the Palmer House. Everything went perfectly and it was the wedding of our dreams. Jane was a pleasure to work with and made sure every little detail was in place for our big day. Thank you, Palmer House! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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ColeenFinnegan
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
There are not words for how amazing my wedding was at the Palmer House. They made it So easy. The venue - GORGEOUS. Food - accomodated everything we wanted - even a cubcake bar! And it was AWESOME. Way better then regular wedding food!
Dennis and Courtney were so accomodating and sweet - my whole family fell in love with them! I have had people day after day since we got married compliment me on the wedding - and it was mainly due to the beautiful venue and Dennis!!!
There are not words for how amazing my wedding was at the Palmer House. They made it So easy. The venue - GORGEOUS. Food - Read more...
There are not words for how amazing my wedding was at the Palmer House. They made it So easy. The venue - GORGEOUS. Food - accomodated everything we wanted - even a cubcake bar! And it was AWESOME. Way better then regular wedding food!
Dennis and Courtney were so accomodating and sweet - my whole family fell in love with them! I have had people day after day since we got married compliment me on the wedding - and it was mainly due to the beautiful venue and Dennis!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Leslie
Wedding:
1/8/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our Ceremony and Reception in the Honore Ballroom and our cocktail hour in the Potter's Lounge... everything exceeded our expectations. It was simply a beautiful day start to finish! Jane Himmel was dependable, meticulous, personal & supportive through the entire process and our day went off seamlessly. Our guests enjoyed being at the gorgoeous, historic hotel, loved the food & drink & had a great time!
We had our Ceremony and Reception in the Honore Ballroom and our cocktail hour in the Potter's Lounge... everything Read more...
We had our Ceremony and Reception in the Honore Ballroom and our cocktail hour in the Potter's Lounge... everything exceeded our expectations. It was simply a beautiful day start to finish! Jane Himmel was dependable, meticulous, personal & supportive through the entire process and our day went off seamlessly. Our guests enjoyed being at the gorgoeous, historic hotel, loved the food & drink & had a great time! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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kmogor
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
The Palmer House was a dream place to have a wedding! Everything from the venue, to the food, to the service was outstanding. And we have Jane Himmel, the senior catering manager, to thank for everything. Her attention to detail is extraordinary, and the personal attention she provides makes not only the day incredibly special and perfect, but she made the whole year so much fun to plan.
The Palmer House was a dream place to have a wedding! Everything from the venue, to the food, to the service was Read more...
The Palmer House was a dream place to have a wedding! Everything from the venue, to the food, to the service was outstanding. And we have Jane Himmel, the senior catering manager, to thank for everything. Her attention to detail is extraordinary, and the personal attention she provides makes not only the day incredibly special and perfect, but she made the whole year so much fun to plan. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Mira
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
The Palmer House is a gem. We were so lucky to have our wedding ceremony and reception in the most beautiful hotel in the country. Our guests are still talking about the venue. The food was magnificent, the room didn't need any decor because of the ornate nature of the room. The staff is the most professional banquet staff I have ever experienced. The Catering Manager's knowledge led the way for a perfect event.
The Palmer House is a gem. We were so lucky to have our wedding ceremony and reception in the most beautiful hotel in the Read more...
The Palmer House is a gem. We were so lucky to have our wedding ceremony and reception in the most beautiful hotel in the country. Our guests are still talking about the venue. The food was magnificent, the room didn't need any decor because of the ornate nature of the room. The staff is the most professional banquet staff I have ever experienced. The Catering Manager's knowledge led the way for a perfect event. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Alyidar
Wedding:
10/2/2010
4.9/5.0
The Palmer House Empire Room was one of the most beautiful rooms we looked at while searching for our reception location. It stood out and wasn't any ordinary banquet hall. We knew immediately that that was the room we wanted to host our celebration. And it was well worth it - the food was amazing, the staff were amazing and the room looked amazing! We are still getting compliments!!
The Palmer House Empire Room was one of the most beautiful rooms we looked at while searching for our reception location. Read more...
The Palmer House Empire Room was one of the most beautiful rooms we looked at while searching for our reception location. It stood out and wasn't any ordinary banquet hall. We knew immediately that that was the room we wanted to host our celebration. And it was well worth it - the food was amazing, the staff were amazing and the room looked amazing! We are still getting compliments!! Read less
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Kerry
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.8/5.0
What an incredible and iconic Chicago hotel. The Empire Room is full of history and stunning elegance, the perfect venue for our romantic wedding reception. Jane, Senior Event Manager, was very professional and worked with us and our wedding coordinator to create an extraordinary wedding. The food was delicious and catering coordination wonderful. Our out of town guests had a wonderful experience at the hotel.
What an incredible and iconic Chicago hotel. The Empire Room is full of history and stunning elegance, the perfect venue Read more...
What an incredible and iconic Chicago hotel. The Empire Room is full of history and stunning elegance, the perfect venue for our romantic wedding reception. Jane, Senior Event Manager, was very professional and worked with us and our wedding coordinator to create an extraordinary wedding. The food was delicious and catering coordination wonderful. Our out of town guests had a wonderful experience at the hotel. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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RoRa B
Wedding:
6/5/2010
4.8/5.0
When we got engaged, we planned our wedding almost exactly a year out. Being a perfectionist and very organized, I started searching through bridal magazines and websites to plan our wedding. I saw the Palmer House on the first day of looking at venues and knew that was where we would have our wedding. Looking into the Grand & State Ballrooms just took my breath away. We got married on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago.

We signed our contract with Mark Coy, a sales & catering coordinator at the Palmer House. While he was pleasant in our meetings and would explain what we would need to do, I never really felt confident in his ability to make our day special. I always needed to initiate questions to get answers and every meeting felt rushed because he had to be out the door by 6pm. He always said “no problem” to everything but then there was a huge problem that finally had me in a bridezilla moment. In our initial room block we asked Mark to substitute two regular rooms for two suites. Well, he put five suites on our block. I had numerous phone calls from my guests that our block was full. I didn’t know until after the fact that each suite was taking 2 regular rooms out of our block. In our meetings we always discussed increasing the number of rooms on our block as well. Of course, he said “no problem” based on availability. Well, a good coordinator would have told his client that the weekend of their wedding was also the largest convention in the city of Chicago. So when we needed the additional rooms we heard “sorry we’re booked”. Never once did he put the fear in our mind that we wouldn’t have rooms for our guests. At that moment I definitely knew that I could not work with someone who obviously could care less about our wedding. We also had issues with charging of rooms as well. I think that the rooms manager/department definitely needs some work in this location. Our parents were charged the suite rate of $329, when they were supposed to be charged $289. My mother-in-law was paying for her sister’s room, but then they charged her sister’s credit card. Being an upscale hotel these issues shouldn’t happen. This is the reason I gave quality of service a 4, not because of Jane.

I immediately asked for Jane Himmel to replace our coordinator as I heard she was the best coordinator there. She is AMAZING and was our wedding angel. We had set up a meeting for the next week as this was a Friday. We were actually meeting with our florist on that evening at 6:30pm and she came to this meeting to meet us & go over a few details. I was astonished that she would meet us on a Friday evening and she stayed until the end which concluded at 9:30pm. She had to pretty much start from scratch and had two months to put it together. The next day (Saturday) she emailed us a rough draft of our timeline & had forwarded some spreadsheets to fill out for her which included our parents info & our other vendors. (The only thing Mark ever emailed me was a sample timeline of an early evening wedding and I am assuming I was to put it together) She made us feel like she was going to make our wedding special and not just another cookie cutter wedding that our other coordinator was going to put together. She could tell I was feeling stressed from everything going on and she suggested Claudia Antony, a day of coordinator. Now, I was feeling great and actually enjoying the final months of wedding planning.

Jane got us back on track with our reception and did more in two weeks than our first coordinator did in almost 10 months. We are so appreciative for the amount of time and effort on her part to make all of the details of our wedding reception seamlessly play through the night. She was patient, organized, professional and easily accessible. She stayed through the majority of our wedding and was relentless in her effort to make us happy. We couldn’t think of favors and she provided us an idea for what we should do. She guided us through our meal choices, wine choices (as we were not happy with the others offered to us) and came up with a cake option that was magnificent. She surprised us at our reception with keys to the penthouse for our two day stay, our wedding night & the night after. She “WOWED” us time after time. Her job didn’t end there as the next day we set up a brunch for 60 people. She had everything set up beautifully in the Honore Ballroom for the conclusion of our wedding weekend. Let’s just say Jane went above & beyond in all matters pertaining to our wedding. I am sure there are so many more details that Jane attended to that I couldn’t even begin to think about. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful start to our new life together!

Thank you Jane!
When we got engaged, we planned our wedding almost exactly a year out. Being a perfectionist and very organized, I started Read more...
When we got engaged, we planned our wedding almost exactly a year out. Being a perfectionist and very organized, I started searching through bridal magazines and websites to plan our wedding. I saw the Palmer House on the first day of looking at venues and knew that was where we would have our wedding. Looking into the Grand & State Ballrooms just took my breath away. We got married on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago.

We signed our contract with Mark Coy, a sales & catering coordinator at the Palmer House. While he was pleasant in our meetings and would explain what we would need to do, I never really felt confident in his ability to make our day special. I always needed to initiate questions to get answers and every meeting felt rushed because he had to be out the door by 6pm. He always said “no problem” to everything but then there was a huge problem that finally had me in a bridezilla moment. In our initial room block we asked Mark to substitute two regular rooms for two suites. Well, he put five suites on our block. I had numerous phone calls from my guests that our block was full. I didn’t know until after the fact that each suite was taking 2 regular rooms out of our block. In our meetings we always discussed increasing the number of rooms on our block as well. Of course, he said “no problem” based on availability. Well, a good coordinator would have told his client that the weekend of their wedding was also the largest convention in the city of Chicago. So when we needed the additional rooms we heard “sorry we’re booked”. Never once did he put the fear in our mind that we wouldn’t have rooms for our guests. At that moment I definitely knew that I could not work with someone who obviously could care less about our wedding. We also had issues with charging of rooms as well. I think that the rooms manager/department definitely needs some work in this location. Our parents were charged the suite rate of $329, when they were supposed to be charged $289. My mother-in-law was paying for her sister’s room, but then they charged her sister’s credit card. Being an upscale hotel these issues shouldn’t happen. This is the reason I gave quality of service a 4, not because of Jane.

I immediately asked for Jane Himmel to replace our coordinator as I heard she was the best coordinator there. She is AMAZING and was our wedding angel. We had set up a meeting for the next week as this was a Friday. We were actually meeting with our florist on that evening at 6:30pm and she came to this meeting to meet us & go over a few details. I was astonished that she would meet us on a Friday evening and she stayed until the end which concluded at 9:30pm. She had to pretty much start from scratch and had two months to put it together. The next day (Saturday) she emailed us a rough draft of our timeline & had forwarded some spreadsheets to fill out for her which included our parents info & our other vendors. (The only thing Mark ever emailed me was a sample timeline of an early evening wedding and I am assuming I was to put it together) She made us feel like she was going to make our wedding special and not just another cookie cutter wedding that our other coordinator was going to put together. She could tell I was feeling stressed from everything going on and she suggested Claudia Antony, a day of coordinator. Now, I was feeling great and actually enjoying the final months of wedding planning.

Jane got us back on track with our reception and did more in two weeks than our first coordinator did in almost 10 months. We are so appreciative for the amount of time and effort on her part to make all of the details of our wedding reception seamlessly play through the night. She was patient, organized, professional and easily accessible. She stayed through the majority of our wedding and was relentless in her effort to make us happy. We couldn’t think of favors and she provided us an idea for what we should do. She guided us through our meal choices, wine choices (as we were not happy with the others offered to us) and came up with a cake option that was magnificent. She surprised us at our reception with keys to the penthouse for our two day stay, our wedding night & the night after. She “WOWED” us time after time. Her job didn’t end there as the next day we set up a brunch for 60 people. She had everything set up beautifully in the Honore Ballroom for the conclusion of our wedding weekend. Let’s just say Jane went above & beyond in all matters pertaining to our wedding. I am sure there are so many more details that Jane attended to that I couldn’t even begin to think about. I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful start to our new life together!

Thank you Jane! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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