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History is Hott Lunch & Tour

17 E Monroe St, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 60603-5608
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Chicago and Palmer are totally linked

Ken Price, Palmer House Hilton Historian, does a masterful job telling the story of early Chicago... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2017
Howard M
History come to life, in one of Chicago's hidden gems!

It is extremely rare that I meet anyone more passionate about history than I. The hotel historian... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
Snuggleyed1
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17 E Monroe St, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 60603-5608
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Ken Price, Palmer House Hilton Historian, does a masterful job telling the story of early Chicago, and of the Palmer House in this wonderful tour. Lunch, then the museum in the hotel, and finally a walking tour of the hotel make up a 3 hour...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2017

It is extremely rare that I meet anyone more passionate about history than I. The hotel historian of the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Mr. Ken Price, is precisely that. The Palmer House, the oldest continuously operating hotel in North America, has a truly remarkable...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2017

If you want to learn the history of one of the most beautiful hotels in Chicago You have to take this tour Tiffany sculptures Priceless artwork Behind the scenes and history Well done

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Reviewed September 26, 2016

While this was an interesting experience, we were disappointed in the amount of time involved. After spending two hours in a small, cramped conference room listening to a lecture(which was excellent) on Chicago and Palmer House history, we needed to leave in order to catch...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2016

The hotel's historian takes you on a journey back in time. Ken has an outstanding and extraordinary knowledge of the Palmer family history. Anyone truly interested in the history of Chicago, our nation or an interest in women's rights should/must take this tour. In fact,...More

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Reviewed July 23, 2016

The History is Hott tour is fascinating. Ken Price, the historian for the Palmer House Hotel is incredibly knowledgeable, has done his homework and makes the story of Bertha and Potter Palmer and Chicago very interesting and fun. We visited several ballrooms on the tour...More

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Reviewed March 31, 2016

The history of the Palmer House and the Palmer family is amazing! Ken Price, who provides the history and narrative is amazing. Simply put, he is the best at providing information in a fun and understandable manner. My wife and I have traveled extensively throughout...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

This is a great tour! The Palmer House is an amazing hotel in terms of architecture and décor, and has played a major role in Chicago history. Ken Price, the tour leader, is an excellent storyteller, with extensive knowledge about the hotel, the people who...More

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Reviewed February 21, 2016

Enjoyed a very nice lunch that is included with the price of the tour. Ken Price is an excellent historian of the property. I would suggest the tour to anyone staying at the hotel, you will have to check on the Palmer House website. To...More

Thank steve m
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Reviewed January 22, 2016

Given the great variety of Chicago attractions and experiences available to both locals and visitors, it's probably unlikely that many people would choose to spend their time on a hotel-based history tour. That would be a mistake. If you have even a passing interest in...More

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your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
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