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History is Hott at the Palmer House Hilton's New Tour

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March 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

Chicago's Palmer House Hilton has a rich 140-year history—the place claims to have created the brownie, among other highlights. You can find out more tidbits about the hotel on a new behind-the-scenes history tour and luncheon that launches today. The program sounds like it was named by Paris Hilton: "History Is Hott."

Before getting the grand tour, you'll sit down to a three-course prix-fixe lunch in the Palmer House's American restaurant Lockwood. The best part is that you will get a glass of wine and the hotel's famed brownie to-go so you can booze it up on the tour.

The tour will be led by Ken Price, who should know his stuff; he's been the hotel's resident historian for 28 years. Price will show you the hotel's art-deco lobby, grand ballrooms and guestrooms. But the standout part of the tour is that you'll get to see artifacts that aren't usually open to the public, including original owner Bertha Potter's rare China. He'll also bring you to a room dedicated to the hotel's history, which contains vintage menus, books and photography as well as rare letters from Bertha Palmer.

The 90-minute lunch-tour combo costs $50. It's available Tuesday to Saturday at 12:30 p.m. You'll also get a parting gift, a book that covers the history of the hotel.

[Photo: jericl cat/HotelChatter Flickr]

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