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History is Hott Lunch & Tour

17 E Monroe St, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 60603-5608
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Terrible Tour (and I use the word "tour" loosely)

This was not a real tour of the Palmer House; rather it was a rambling lecture about the Palmer... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2018
TomC54321
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Chicago, Illinois
History IS Hott at the Palmer House

My husband and I stayed at the Palmer House hotel in Chicago Memorial Day weekend 2018. We chose... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2018
SaraSota34239
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Sarasota, Florida
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17 E Monroe St, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL 60603-5608
Downtown / The Loop
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This was not a real tour of the Palmer House; rather it was a rambling lecture about the Palmer family with a bit of early Chicago history - all conducted in a cramped and unorganized conference room. After a nice (but not great) lunch in...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at the Palmer House hotel in Chicago Memorial Day weekend 2018. We chose the hotel because Bertha Palmer was a founding member of our hometown community as well. If you want to learn about the history of Chicago and the...More

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Reviewed 24 April 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 23 April 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 12 April 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 26 September 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

2  Thank jacy2
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Reviewed 26 July 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

1  Thank Debbie L
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Reviewed 23 July 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

1  Thank maisoui_27
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Reviewed 31 March 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 17 March 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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