Palmer House: a Hotel Built on Love

By Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel By Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel | June 28, 2022

In 1871, a gracious groom, named Potter Palmer, bequeathed his bride one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time: Palmer House. Celebrating over 150 years of hosting weddings, you're invited to share the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel as your “Something Borrowed.”


You feel the love everywhere when you pass through the extraordinary entranceway. The symbolism of love begins upon arrival as a statue of Romeo and Juliet warmly welcomes you at top of the staircase, prior to making your way to the awe-inspiring lobby. The ceiling of this grand space is resplendent with 21 panels of Greek mythological scenes, designed by the French Art Deco painter Louis Pierre Regal. He created the panels in the City of Love, Paris, before shipped across the Atlantic and installed on the vaulted ceiling of the hotel. The romance encapsulated within these frescos is further accented by 1.25-ton, 24-karat gold winged candelabras designed by Tiffany & Co., flanking the entrance of the Empire Room, and grand palace-inspired ballrooms…a hotel truly built upon love.


There’s no other wedding venue in Chicago that boasts such a legacy of romance having hosted over 9,000 weddings. The wedding team is a group of dedicated professionals, offering matrimonial experience that engage, delight and reflect the distinctive style and personality of each couple.

The hotel is stylishly situated in downtown Chicago, and 1 of 26 remaining palace hotels in the world, offering beautiful and dramatic backdrops like the Grand & State Ballroom, the famed Empire room or the Red Lacquer Room. Other unique one-of-a-kind ceremony, reception or rehearsal venues could be hosted in private dining rooms or hospitality suites to capture an intimate setting.

At Palmer House, your every expectation will be exceeded to enjoy the day that is destined to be uniquely yours.


The hotel’s rich history extends to a hidden vault housing racks of gold-trimmed Havilland bone china, from a legendary party given in 1879 to honor President Ulysses S. Grant. In celebration of the hotel’s sesquicentennial anniversary, couples who select the 150th matrimony package will have access to exclusive use of Bertha Palmer’s china used during this event, valued in excess of $30.000 per place-setting.

A culinary fun fact: Palmer House was the birthplace of the brownie invention. For the 150th Anniversary, a Seven Tier Brownie Sundae was imagined to accent your wedding menu. The decadent confection includes a brownie bottom layer, alternating layers of French vanilla ice cream, brittle, chocolate mousse, chocolate sauce, elderberry macerated apricots, fresh apricots, Champagne-currant candied walnuts and topped with edible gold flakes.


Your day will be exemplified by a team that is committed to ensuring an extraordinary wedding – one that’s not only remembered, but also talked about. Discover the inclusions offered with the 150th Matrimony package, which includes exclusive use of Bertha Palmer’s china, valued in excess of $30.000, - per place-setting, normally under vault and key.

Contact the wedding consultant to schedule a tour and availability.


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