The Palmer House Hilton Celebrates History In The Making With A Blowout 140th Anniversary Ceremony

This information originated in American English.

September 15, 2010

CHICAGO -  The Palmer House Hilton, the country's longest continually operating hotel, will celebrate its 140th anniversary in grand fashion with a dedicated ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2010. Speaking at the ceremony will be Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, alongside notable guests Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly, Master of Ceremonies Bill Kurtis and Potter Palmer IV, during this historic occasion where the property will unveil its recently appointed Chicago landmark plaque. General Manager Dean Lane and Thor Equities' Joseph J. Sitt will personally welcome guests to the event.

"This is truly a momentous occasion - a great American story centered around a visionary man," says General Manager Dean Lane. 

On Sept. 26, 1871, businessman Potter Palmer opened the hotel, initiating a history of welcoming guests from all corners of the globe, including every U.S. president. The Palmer House Hilton is one of twenty six surviving grand palace hotels in the United States, and houses countless works of art, historical inventions, and memories.

"The Palmer House is part of what makes Chicago the great American city it is today," says Mayor Daley. "It's one of those rare historical treasures that we're so proud to still have today and a property that you just can't re-create."

Marrying old world grandeur with modern day amenities, the majestic hotel-situated in the heart of Chicago's Loop neighborhood-originally was a wedding gift from Palmer to his wife Bertha, a renowned socialite, philanthropist and patron of the arts.

Today, the Palmer House Hilton is a globally recognized, luxury hotel offering a true taste of Chicago.

The outdoor ceremony will take place in front of the property's main entrance at 17 East Monroe Street. The street will be blocked off between State and Wabash to accommodate the expected crowds. After some opening remarks, a dedicated bronze plaque will be unveiled, recognizing the hotel as a valued Chicago landmark. After the ceremony, guests will be invited into the Lobby for a special celebratory reception, featuring a champagne toast and cake cutting led by Executive Pastry Chef Fabrice Bouet.

Contact:
Chrissy Cox / Lauren Larson, Wagstaff Worldwide
(312) 943-6900
chrissy@wagstaffworldwide.com / laurenlarson@wagstaffworldwide.com

About The Palmer House Hilton-A Grand Palace Hotel
The majestic, world-class Palmer House Hilton reflects the opulence Potter Palmer designed and built into the original hotel in 1871, starting with its façade and extending to the dramatic, muraled Beaux Arts lobby and gracious guestrooms and event spaces. The Palmer House Hilton remains one of only 26 grand palace hotels remaining in America today, and it's one of Chicago's architectural crown jewels.

The Palmer House Hilton is owned by Thor Equities and operated by Hilton Worldwide. The hotel was named a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Hotels of America (HHA) for maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. For additional information, please visit www.Facebook.com/PalmerHouseHilton or call (312) 726-7500.

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