See How "Hot" History Can Be
Not every spring vacay is 100% lazy, so when you're in the mood for stimulating your brain beyond what drink you're going to order next, head to the historic Palmer House for one of the coolest history tours in the city.
A few highlights from the hotel's "History is Hott" tour include: Bertha Palmer’s scrap books from 1907 when she was dealing with the women’s rights movement (girl power!), the journal listings all of the incredible, star-studded performances in the celebrated Empire Room nightclub (including a then un-known Liberace), gold Havilland china used for the historic dinner honoring the return of President Ulysses S. Grant from an around-the-world trip, and much more.
The tours run after 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (call 24 hours ahead of time to set up a tour time), cost $60 ($20 for children under 12 and $30 for children over 12), and includes a lovely lunch in Lockwood restaurant. After all, you can't soak up all that history on an empty stomach.
Palmer House Hilton
,17 East Monroe Street (between State Street and Wabash avenues); 312-726-7500.
Photo: Courtesy of the Palmer House Hilton