Hotel and Travel

Official Conference Hotel Information

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel
17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

The story of downtown Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton is one of romance and undeniable charm. However, only 13 days after its grand opening, the Palmer House fell victim to the Great Chicago Fire. Determined to rebuild the hotel, Potter Palmer secured a $1.7 million loan–negotiated on his signature alone. On November 8, 1873, the new Palmer House welcomed its first guests, marking the opening of what would become the nation’s longest continually operating hotel.

The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel offers the following services and amenities to enhance your meeting experience: complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lobby, computer use and printing, internet access, on-site Starbucks, access to the pool facility; on-site fitness center and The Spa at Palmer House, unique and one-of a kind History is Hott! Tour as told by the in-house resident expert and Hilton Honors Points for Honors Members. The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel welcomes you to enjoy Lockwood Restaurant & Bar and Potter’s Chicago Burger Bar for dining and cocktails as an after conference retreats to unwind.


Airports and Travel

Chicago O’Hare Airport Website 
OAKE suggest flying in to the Chicago O’Hare airport. Both O’Hare and Midway are connected to the robust Chicago Light Rail system. 

O’Hare Airport and the city of Chicago are very large and require walking. Be prepared to bring good walking shoes. Also be prepared for cold weather and possible snowy/rainy/windy conditions. 

We suggest using a navigation app on your phone, such as Google Maps, for real-time traffic and travel instructions. Use the options to add wheelchair accessibility.

We also have travel tips below: 


Cost: $5/Day Fair, or $20/Week Pass

Follow signs for “Light Rail”, the station is located on the lowest floor of the airport near Terminal 2.  Use the CTA BLUE LINE toward the city
Ride 18 stops to Monroe station (no ADA, see below)
Take the escalator and use the MADISON/East side exit. There are two flights of 12 stairs to reach street level.
Walk towards Monroe street, you’ll see the PNC Bank building. Take a left on Monroe by First American Bank. 
The Palmer House entrance is located at the lit up marquee on the opposite side of the street about two blocks from the train station. 

Ride Time: 45 min – 90 minutes, depending on time of day

Accessibility: The Monroe station does not have elevators. The closest stations with elevators are Jackson and Clark/Lake. The Jackson station is .2 miles from the hotel, about a 10 minute walk with luggage. The Clark/Lake station is .6 miles from the hotel, roughly 20 minute walk with luggage. 


Cost: $5/Day Fair, or $20/Week Pass

Follow signs from the terminal for “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” (this is up to a 20 minute walk). 
Take the ORANGE LINE train toward “Loop”


Longer walk: Ride 8 stops to Harold Washington/State/Van Buren station
Exit and walk toward State Street, head north on State Street and the entrance to the Palmer will be on your right on the right hand side of State Street (Three city blocks away, about a 5-10 minute walk)

The Scenic Route, least amount of walking: OR, you can stay and “Take The Loop” on the Orange line for 6 more stops (this is a beautiful view of the historic downtown and many attractions around the hotel), until Adams/Wabash station which is a much shorter walk,  directly outside of the Palmer house on Wabash. 

Chicago Light Rail CTA Website  

Chicago Blue Line Accessibility (ADA) Information

The Historic Palmer House Hotel

The beautiful Palmer House Hotel lobby

The hotel is walking distance to the Blue Line and the Red/Orange/Green/Yellow Line “L” stations for quick transport to and from O’Hare International Airport, Midway Airport, and more.

The Chicago Downtown Area

The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel is steps to all the action along State Street including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Block 37 Mall and the Chicago Theatre. The hotel is also walking distance to The Art Institute, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler’s Row, Millennium Park, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.