Potters at Palmer House Hilton’s Big Makeover


I have repeatedly talked about how much I love the Palmer House Hilton (17 East Monroe) and everything they have to offer. And by everything I have to offer, I mostly mean the ridiculously entertaining tour and incredible food being served up in Lockwood and Potter’s. And with the recent $265,000 renovation to Potter’s (124 South Wabash) it’s just more of a reason to head to the Palmer House, even if it’s just to grab a bite or a quick drink after work. The Potter renovation was conceptualized with modern inspiration, using images from Pinterest as well as archival relics discovered in the Palmer House Hilton’s vault. Potter’s now integrates smart tech elements such as new LED sepia panels throughout the space, which illuminate the brilliant life of the Palmer House Hilton’s photography, captured during the formative years of the hotel.

The new 85-seat bar, designed by Aria Group Architects, Inc., makes an entrance with an open concept blurring the lines between the famed lobby and Potter’s. Aesthetic enhancement include bold colors, rich textured fabrics and lighting elements exuding an aura of high tech and comfort to mingle with throwback libations and retro menu selections. Sip on old school cocktails like the Aviation or mix it up with modern mixology concoctions like the Peacock or Treetini over shared portion menu favorites such as the pork belly slider, lobster roll or pork and veal meatballs.

“Even after 141 years, the Palmer House Hilton remains both current and nostalgic as it continues to change and transform,” Palmer House Hilton Resident Historian Ken Price says.  “The new Potter’s shows how bold, classic looks never go out of style.”

Potter’s is open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m. For reservations, please call 312.917.4933, or visit www.potterschicago.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook for special offers and events.