History is Hott Tour
If you're looking to kick-start your child's interest in
history, look no further than the History is
Hott Tour at the storied Palmer House Hilton. Led by the
charismatic and wildly entertaining director of public relations,
Ken Price, the session is steeped in Chicago's history. Price gears
the sessions to the audience, including children (ages 10 and up
would most appreciate the tour) with humorous back-and-forth.
From a fascinating tutorial about the Great Chicago Fire,
which burned down the Palmer House just days after it first opened
in 1871, to the personalities and players of early industry in the
city, the tales told during the tour speak to the very heart of how
Chicago was built-and rebuilt-to become the thriving metropolis it
Close to Price's heart is the legend of Bertha Palmer,
Potter Palmer's beloved wife, for whom the Palmer House was built.
A college-educated woman ahead of her time, she was a tireless
advocate for women's rights, a generous philanthropist, a fixture
on the Chicago social scene and a savvy investor, doubling her
inheritance after Palmer's death with her financial
And there is no better storyteller than an animated Price,
who delights in recounting anecdotes about notable events like the
World's Fair held in Chicago in 1893. Bertha Palmer oversaw the
fair's infamous Women's Building, picking a female architect-a
rarity in the 19th century-to oversee its construction.
If the captivating tales of the stars who've performed in
the opulent Empire Room (Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Louis
Armstrong, to name just a few) aren't enough to impress the kids,
this might: the first chocolate brownie was created in the Palmer
House Hilton kitchen, a century-old recipe that tastes just as
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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